ACPHR 10th Newsletter EN FR AR

This 10th edition of the Newsletter on Police and Human Rights in Africa (the Newsletter) marks a key milestone in the efforts of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) and its partners to raise awareness on matters related to human rights and policing. This is something to celebrate.


dialogue on rights-based policing reform in a climate of terrorism, insurgency and serious violent crime

Policing, criminal justice and the security sector more broadly face a number of challenges on the African continent, many of which directly constrain the establishment or development of rights-based policing reforms. There is often, for instance, a political appetite for tough policing responses to violent crime and a scepticism towards the rights agenda. Despite this, remarkable progress has been made in finding support for such reforms, many of which have helped shaped democratic policing organisations in a number of African countries.


018 -Migration and detention in South Africa – Alexandra Hiropoulos

If a society’s respect for the basic humanity of its people can best be measured by its treatment of the most vulnerable in its midst, then the treatment of suspected illegal immigrants … offers a disturbing testament to the great distance South Africa must still travel to build a national culture of human rights.1


Dialogue on Public Order Policing in South Africa, 11-12 July 2017, Johannesburg

The number of assemblies and protests across the world has been growing, and there is a greatneed for policing them in a way that both gives effect to the right of assembly, and mitigates the risk of violence. The newly adopted African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Guidelines for the Policing of Assemblies by Law Enforcement Officials in Africa provides an important reference point for discussing best practice.


Police and Human Rights Dialogue, 20-21 April 2017, Johannesburg

The Dialogue on Human Rights and Policing was held in Johannesburg from 20 to 21 April 2017 as a joint initiative of the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). The Dialogue brought together a wide variety of role-players in policing, including the South African Police Service (SAPS), statutory oversight bodies, Chapter 9 institutions,1 academia, and civil society organisations (CSOs).