Human rights campaigners in the United Kingdom are asking the College of Policing (CoP) to make their figures transparent and they must explain the nature of their work in countries with poor human rights.
According to the Home Affairs Select Committee Members, greater transparency is needed. Many criticised former Foreign Secretary and now Chancellor Philip Hammond for evading the details of deals of the UK with countries having poor human rights records.
In response to a freedom of information request, CoP had released an outline of the courses they offered officials in the country’s interior ministry. However, they did not cite any specific details of the outline as the mention of specific sums each country paid and the issue of “law enforcement and international relations” as huge issues.
“The college’s culture of secrecy around international training must end now,” said Maya Foa, the director of Reprieve’s death penalty team.
“[It] must come clean about its business in Bahrain, where prisoners like Mohammed Ramadan face execution for ‘confessions’ obtained under torture, and the human rights situation gets worse by the day.”
Index’s deputy chief executive, Rachael Jolley, said the country’s “record on human rights and openness should be challenged by the UK government”.
She added: “Index agrees with the home affairs select committee’s recent recommendation that: ‘To ensure that there is proper transparency and accountability, the college must be open about the nature of the international work that it provides.’”