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).


Project Officer

APCOF is looking to recruit a  Project Office to join its core specialised team based in in offices in Cape Town. As a project officer you should have at least 2 – 5 years experience and have developed skills in the criminal justice sector and in


Research and Programmes Director

The incumbent will manage APCOF’s Research and Programme portfolio, which promotes the values which the establishment of civilian oversight seeks to achieve namely: to assist in restoring public confidence; developing a culture of human rights, promoting integrity and transparency within the police; and good working relationships between the police and the community. This is a senior position, which includes a range of activities including managing staff and consultants, fundraising, research, consultations, co-ordination with partner organisations, administration and other tasks that may be defined by APCOF.


Police Oversight and Accountabilty in Africa course

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) are presenting a short course on Police Oversight and Accountability in Africa. The course will be 5 days, running from 11 – 15 September 2017 and will be at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.


Strengthening the Independence of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), 13 to 14 July 2017

The Constitutional Court on 6 September 2016, in the matter of McBride v Minister of Police and Another set aside the suspension, and disciplinary action against Robert McBride, the Executive Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on the basis of constitutional invalidity.


Seminar on Policing Assemblies 11 and 12 July 2017

It’s almost 5 years since the Marikana massacre shocked South Africa and the international community. Progress in overhauling our system of policing assembly in line with the Marikana commission recommendations is slow. A Cabinet appointed panel established in May 2016 to review public order policing in South Africa is yet to complete its work.


Freedom of Assembly in Africa

The increasing number of public assemblies in Africa in recent years has resulted in growing concern being expressed by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) as regards the violation of human rights. In 2014, at its 55th Ordinary Session held from 28 April to 12 May in Banjul, the Gambia, the African Commission adopted Resolution 281 on the Right to Peaceful Demonstrations, urging states parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘the African Charter’) to refrain from engaging in arbitrary arrests and detentions of peaceful demonstrators, as well as from using disproportionate force against such demonstrators.


Policing Assemblies in Africa

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), which is the African organ responsible for ensuring the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa, has strengthened its mandate over time through the work of its actors and informed by the actions, politics and strategies imagined by one and another.


APCOF Implementation of the Luanda Guidelines Assessments for Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

During its 55th Ordinary Session in Luanda, Angola, from 28 April to 12 May 2014, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) adopted the Guidelines on the Conditions of Arrest, Police Custody and pre-trial Detention in Africa (‘the Luanda Guidelines’). The adoption of the Luanda Guidelines is part of the ACHPR’s mandate to formulate standards, principles and rules on which African governments can base their legislation.


Pre-Trial Detention For Persons With Disabilities in Correctional Institutions

This research study is commissioned by the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) in collaboration with the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). APCOF is a network of African policing practitioners which promotes democratic policing through strengthening civilian oversight over the police in Africa. APCOF undertakes research and provides technical support to State and non-state actors.