APCOF Policy Brief Policing of terrorism in Kenya

Despite the entrenchment of a Bill of Rights in the Kenyan Constitution, limited information, compounded by ineffective approaches and policy gaps, inhibits the policing of terrorism in Kenya. This, in turn, has hampered the advancement of a rights-based approach to the policing of terrorism and other serious violent crimes in the country.


APCOF Policy Brief Child and Youth Care Centres

There have been various reports pointing to a lack of independent oversight and monitoring of child and youth care centres (CYCCs) in South Africa.


No 021 Policing of terrorism in Kenya- Stephen Musua

On the whole, Kenya has made a number of advances in the war against terrorism. These efforts have ultimately been aimed at ensuring the protection of the lives and property of all in Kenya.


No 020 Police detention facilities in South Africa – Melanie Lue Dugmore

South Africa’s legal framework provides a comprehensive police accountability architecture. This is reflected in the mandates of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), the Civilian Secretariat for Police (Civilian Secretariat).


IPID Workshop 20 -21 November 2017

The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) held a workshop on 20 and 21 November 2017 at Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria to discuss the forthcoming legislative amendments to the IPID Act.

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Child and Youth Care Center by Zita Hansungule

The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (‘the CJA’) reformed the way in which legislation interacts with children in conflict with the law. Consequently, children are no longer dealt with in a harsh, punitive manner but in a way that is in accordance with the values underpinning the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution), and the fundamental rights contained therein. Both the Constitution and the CJA define a child as a person under the age of 18 years.


2017 APCOF Submission Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill 24 November

The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Critical Infrastructure Bill (Bill). The Bill will replace the National Key Points Act (102 of 1980). In principle, APCOF supports efforts to replace the Act on the basis that it contains a number of provisions which are inconsistent with the Constitution and broader legislative framework.


Strengthening Community Participation in Local Safety Planning

APCOF, with support from the South African-German initiative “Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention for Safe Public Spaces” (VCP) programme, will design and conduct a train-the-trainer course on participatory community safety planning with twenty-five (25) provincial and local government officials from selected municipalities in both Gauteng and the Eastern Cape provinces.

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).