By Pauline Chateuka
AMNESTY International-Zimbabwe (AI), in partnership with Safeguard, on Tuesday held a successful training session with a group of employees of the top security firm on incorporating human rights in their execution of duty.
Safeguard Security Group Training and Quality Manager, Ashley Mwanza said the thrust of the training was to make employees feel more confident in embracing human rights as an integral component in security and business in general.
“Safeguard operates in a widely varied and diverse setup and often a complex environment with common human rights risks. These issues extend to our clients in other sectors which require our security services, which involve the protection of human rights such as life, security of the person and property.
“It was very helpful, an eye opener. We all now have a third eye, the human rights eye. There are some things we take for granted. We have now realised actual infringements on our fellow human rights,” said Mwanza.
He added: “This human rights awareness and sensitivity training Safeguard in quest to be more professional we have started to think about how to apply the principles in our day to day operations.”
Local firms have been encouraged by AI not only to respect human rights but actively promote them.
However, Safeguard has taken the lead within the local security industry by taking employees through the training and committing the company to respecting human rights as a sustainability strategy.
The human rights training that have been carried out will help to educate and promote values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others and to develop an understanding of everyone‘s responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community.
Private security companies, just like the Zimbabwe Republic Police, often find themselves in confrontation with criminal elements that call for their discretion to deal with the often dangerous situations.
Security guards would in many occasions be forced to confront armed criminals or effect arrests for simple offences such as shoplifting, making it imperative for them to be equipped with the requisite tools to handle offending members of the public.