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Members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force are among regional law enforcement personnel who have today been engaged in Human Rights training exercise organized by the Gay rights advocacy group, United and Strong.

The participants are expected to hear from members of the Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender community, their experiences with police and how their human rights were trampled upon.

According to the head of the United and Strong Kenita Placid, the training course coincidentally comes at a time when local police are being sidelined following a decision taken by the United States government over what it believes are human rights breaches. She adds that the expectation is that by passing on these experiences and knowledge to others in the police force, the entire region will ultimately benefit. Ms Placid notes that the objective of the program is to increase sensitization on human rights particularly those of the gay community.

The Human Rights training course began today at the Royal St Lucia Police Force Academy.

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