27 August 2021
On 10 September 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 66/290 on human security, which indicated the growing consensus that human security is an approach which can aid member states to identify and address challenges to the basic survival, livelihoods and dignity of their people. The concept of human security focuses on people’s lives, rights, freedoms and dignity, including freedom from poverty, fear, and equal opportunity to enjoy their rights. In other words, human security refers to the comprehensive needs of the human being within their specific context and the responses required to strengthen protection and empowerment for individuals and whole communities. Thus, the concept of human security recognises the interconnection between peace, development and human rights, and considerations such as civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights (UN General Assembly Resolution 66/290, 10 September 2012).
Timor-Leste as a UN member state took part in the Resolution on human security. To respond to the complex challenges discussed above requires integrated actions from various institutions, including the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL). This report focuses on the role of PNTL in advancing human security, with reference to the challenges and lessons emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, and particularly examining policing practices deployed by PNTL with reference to its philosophy and strategy of community policing.
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