Erich Meier Jr. graduated from the Comprehensive Security Cooperation (CSC) course in
While he was eager to complete his Fellow’s Project on maritime security, he soon discovered that his project would have to change. After the course, Bangladesh officials notified him that his planned symposium on maritime security had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Determined not to give up on his Fellows Project, he created
project to host a symposium on human rights during His project was titled “2nd Asia Pacific Police Colloquium.” After approval from his faculty mentors, he began planning for the event in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Philippine National Police. The event took place from November 27 to December 1, 2022, in Manila, brought together senior police officers from 12 different countries to discuss human rights issues during
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persons in custody by law enforcement across the Indo-Pacific region face a substantial risk of human rights violations. The symposium emphasized the need to train police on how to During the workshop, the participants developed awareness of preventing excessive force, preventing ill-treatment during interrogations, preventing sexual violence, and ensuring access to medical and legal services.
In February 2023, Meier returned to the Center as a special guest speaker to discuss his completed project. The Center presented Meir with a certificate of completion and a red-lettered lanyard that
Fellows Project. In addressing the Fellows of CSC 23-1, Meier encouraged them to coordinate with others in their milestones for completing their project. He reminded them that they would need perseverance and discipline to their tasks.
“For any police officer or service officer, giving up is not an option. We have to accomplish our mission.”
Meier plans to continue hosting events that raise awareness of humanitarian rights
He plans to host 2023. Meier currently serves as the regional police and gendarme delegate for the ICRC and is stationed in the Philippines.