Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring

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Chapter XXIV
SECURITY

Key concepts
Human rights officers should:
before entering a new area, consult the operation's central office security officer about
risks;
consult others in the locality about risks and how to avoid them;
place UN markings on their vehicles;
carry UN identification cards (with blood type, medical information);
wear UN markings on their clothing, e.g., hat, arm-band, shirt;
be trained to use radio communications or mobile telephones;
carefully select their office and place of residence;
contact neighbours when they first arrive;
notify the security officer of the location of office and residence;
protect documents, records and computerized information;
use locks on external and some internal doors of offices and residences;
keep a week's stock of water and food;l in dealing with road-blocks explain the operation's mandate or produce other
authorizing documentation, but use good judgement in the circumstances;l learn about the type and location of mines;
know basic vehicle maintenance: check the oil, fuel, water, tyres, spares;
know how to drive carefully under local conditions;
avoid clothing, photos, or other ways of offending local sensitivities;
follow any travel restrictions;
always make sure that colleagues know their location in the field;
know what to do and where to go in an emergency or evacuation;
have received vaccinations; anticipate medical needs; know of medical facilities
available; know about water and food cleanliness; know how to recognize symptoms
of serious illnesses; and avoid unnecessary health risks, including sexually
transmitted diseases;
keep informed of security guidelines and security situation; and
exercise good judgement and be careful.

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