Manual to Facilitate the Operationalisation of the SADC Guidelines on Crime and Violence Prevention

Southern Africa, through the vision of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Declaration and Treaty, posits a shared future in an environment of peace, security and stability, regional cooperation, and integration based on equity, mutual benefit and solidarity. The SADC’s Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (SIPO II) demonstrates a growing realisation of the importance of safety and development interventions in achieving this vision.

ACHPR 12th Newsletter [ENG FR PR AR]

In 2003, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (the African Commission) through its Resolution 1 ACHPR/Res.64 (XXXIV) 03 adopted the Ouagadougou Declaration and Plan of Action on Accelerating Prisons and Penal Reforms in African 2 (the Ouagadougou Declaration). Among the strategies to decongest prisons in Africa, the Action Plan embedded in the Ouagadougou Declaration recommends the use of alternatives to penal prosecution in cases of petty offences.

strengthening the role of civil society in holding the police accountable for human rights violations

On 18 and 19 March 2019, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), together with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), the Omega Research Foundation (UK) and the Right2Protest hosted a workshop for civil society and community-based organisations from around the country on the role of civil society in holding the police accountable for human rights violations.

Your Guide to the Complaints Process

This booklet, prepared by the Western Cape Police Ombudsman (WCPO) and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), is about police oversight in South Africa. It explains the role of the Western Cape Police Ombudsman in dealing with complaints about service delivery from the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape and the Cape Town Metro Police Department (CTMPD)

APCOF Principles on the Decriminilisation of Petty Offences in Africa [ENG FR PR AR]

In 2017, the Principles on the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa were adoped by the African Commission, becoming the latest development in a broader regional effort to articulate standards for acceptable human rights practices, specifically concerning matters of access to justice.

APCOF’s Annual Report 2018

It is my pleasure to table our annual report for 2018. Among the highlights of this period must surely be the adoption of the Guidelines for the Policing of Assemblies by Law Enforcement Officials in Africa by the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on 23 February 2017, and its launch in May 2017.