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APCOF is a partner organisation of the Article 5 Initiative (A5I), which is a three-year initiative that aims to support African institutions in improving domestic compliance with international law obligations under the UN Convention against Torture and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. A5I focuses on six post-conflict African countries - namely Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. From 20 - 21 November 2013, APCOF partnered with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) to launch the final A5I report, Practical Monitoring Tools to Promote Freedom from Torture (www.a5i.org/publications), and to provide stakeholders in the A5I Kenya process with an opportunity to discuss contemporary challenges and opportunities to UNCAT compliance. The workshop was attended by the Kenya Prison Service, funders and non-government organisations, and concluded with the development of a plan of action for the criminalisation of torture in Kenya. More information about A5I is available at www.a5i.org
A new report by APCOF on monitoring the performance of police oversight agnecies by Andrew Faull provides a condensed summary of available literature on the monitoring and evaluation of police oversight agencies, with a focus on investigation. It has shown that most oversight agencies consider their key performance indicators to be those relating to:
- The number of complaints received and finalised annually
- The time taken to finalise complaints
- The outcome of complaints
Importantly, none of the literature review made direcr reference to clear, qualitative indicators that are consistently tracked in every investigation. Rather, where qualitative engagement was suggested, this related predominantly to survey and case study research, the latter involving select samples of investigations.
The paper will be of value to all with an interest in promoting effective civilian police oversight.
To access the paper please follow the link.
APCOF, in collaboration with the East African Community (EAC) and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), and with support from the Open Society Foundation for East Africa (OSIEA) supported the development of Standard Operating Procedures for the police agencies in the East African Community for Arrest and Detention, Stop and Search, Public Order Policing and the Use of Force.
The ultimate goal of the intervention is to ensure rights-based policing in East Africa.
The purpose for intervention, which follows the adoption of a set of Common Standards for Policing in the EAC, is to promote the standards in a way that is both participatory invloving police and civil society and to translate the standards into specific and practical operating procedures from the police.
The intermediate impact areas include;
- Four completed zero draft SOPS that uphold international and regional human rights standards in areas of policing that directly impact on citizens namely Arrest and Detention Stop and Search, Public Order Policing and the Use of Force.
- High level CSO input into a draft SOP on Counter Terrorism and agreement to firmly locate the SOP on Counter Terrorism within the rights framework developed for the Common Standards for Policing in East Africa and SOPS Arrest and Detention, Stop amd Search, Public Order Policing and the Use of Force.
- An established reference point for further in country debate on policing in the areas of Arrest and Detention, Stop and Search, Public Order Policing, and the Use of Force
- An established relationship between The East African Police Commissioners Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO), NHRIs and Civil Society at a regional level in the ongoing project of drafting police standard operating procedures for the EAC.
The inclusion of civil society and the NHRIs in these discussions is a critical gain in the early stages of the project. The SOP on Arrest and Detention links closely with other efforts that spearheaded by Global Campaign on Pre Trial Justice, the Open Society Foundation's Human Rights Initiative and Justice Initiative in the area of pre-trial justice, and the role of the police and the Guidelines on Police Arrest and Detention being developed by the Africam Commission on Human and Peoples Rights. The SOP on public order management serves as an important reference point in the debate on the public order policing in Uganda where controversial legislation on the right to assembly has been passed.