Statement to the 67th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

APCOF submitted a statement to the ACHPR on the occasion of its 67th ordinary session, on the situation of human rights in Africa.


AAAJD & ICJ-Kenya Webinar: The role of the justice sector in good security governance

AAAJD & ICJ-Kenya Webinar: The role of the justice sector in good security governance

Date: 08 October 2020 | Time:10h00 GMT

Please see event flyer for details.


Virtual Regional Conference on Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa

Date and Time: 14 – 16 September 2020, from 12h00 – 14h00 (GMT)

The regional campaign on decriminalisation of petty offences in Africa will be holding a virtual regional conference in September 2020. The overall objective of the Conference is to provide a continental platform for a broad-based discussion and review of measures adopted to contain public emergencies and crisis, such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); analyse policing policies and practices adopted in response to such emergencies; and determine whether there are any linkages between these measures, their enforcement and the rights and welfare of those experiencing social marginality and other forms of social-economic disadvantage. Additionally, the Conference aims to identify regional best efforts and practices – on responding to pandemics – that are right-based in nature and promote the targeted mainstreaming of such efforts into other existing commitments to address public emergencies.

The Conference will be held over three consecutive days on 14th, 15th and 16th of September 2020, as separate sessions from 11h00 GMT (13h00 SAST, 14h00 EAT)

For further information, or to register interest in attending, please contact


APCOF and ISS seminar: The massacre that didn’t change policing

Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2020 | Time: 15h00 – 16h30 (GMT +2)

Eight years since the killing of 44 people, mostly by police, and the subsequent Marikana Commission of Inquiry, has policing changed in South Africa?

The inquiry found many problems with police leadership, accountability and operations. Despite this, high levels of police brutality and misconduct continue generally and also during the policing of protest marches. To what degree have the Marikana recommendations been implemented and are they still relevant today?

The seminar is jointly hosted by the Institute for Security Studies and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum.

Chair: Themba Masuku, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum


Judge Ian Farlam (retired), former judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal and Chairperson of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry

Nomzamo Zondo, Executive Director, Socio Economic Institute of South Africa.

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APCOF and HSF webinar: Accountability and independence and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020 | Time: 12h00 – 13h30 (SAST)

The 2016 McBride v Minister of Police Constitutional Court decision affirmed the independence of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). APCOF and the Helen Suzman Foundation were among several organisations advocating the amendment of the IPID Act to take in the broader understanding of independence, which includes not only security of tenure, but also of appointment and institutional and financial independence.

On 15 July 2020, the Portfolio Committee on Police confirmed the minister’s nominee as the executive director, in a process that arguably provided the committee with little opportunity but to rubber stamp the appointment. Simultaneously, the committee acknowledged the inherent weakness of the IPID Act and promised a complete overhaul by 2021.

Join APCOF and the Helen Suzman Foundation to discuss:

  1. The independence of oversight bodies – Themba Masuku, APCOF
  2. The Courts, Parliament and the IPID Act: where are we now? – Kimera Chetty, Helen Suzman Foundation
  3. The appointment process for the IPID executive director – Kavisha Pillay, Corruption Watch.

Moderator: Chumile Sali, APCOF.

Please RSVP for Zoom details:

This webinar was made possible through the support of the Sigrid Rausing Trust.


AAAJD Webinar Series: Safeguarding rights in Covid-19

Webinar 2.0: Surveillance and the protection of privacy in the midst of a pandemic

Date: Thursday, 09 July 2020 | Time: 10h00 (GMT)

APCOF will be participating in the upcoming webinar in the AAAJD series. Details below:

The Afro-Asian Alliance invites you to our next discussion, entitled Surveillance and the protection of privacy in the midst of a pandemic. We will discuss experiences in safeguarding the digital right to privacy in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. The panellists will share and discuss current and potential future impacts of COVID-19 on the digital right to privacy.


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NANHRI webinar series on Covid-19

Webinar 2: African national human rights institutions’ response to excessive use of force in the context of Covid-19

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | Time: 12h00 (GMT)

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) is hosting a webinar on the very topical issue of police use of force.

The event is moderated by Sean Tait, director of APCOF, and features inputs from:

  • ACHPR Commissioner Zainabo Kayitesi
  • UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard
  • UN Human Rights Committee member and University of Pretoria professor, Christof Heyns
  • NHRIs of South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire
  • Civil society organisations, Amnesty International and the Independent Medico Legal Unit

Please see the attached flyer for details on how to join.


AAAJD Webinar Series: Safeguarding rights in Covid19

Date: Thursday, 04 June 2020 | Time: 10h00 (GMT)

APCOF will be participating in the upcoming webinar in the AAAJD series. Details below:

The Afro-Asian Alliance invites you to our next discussion, entitled Access to Justice for the Poor and the Vulnerable in the midst of a Pandemic. We will discuss how the justice system has adapted to the pandemic to ensure that access to justice is available to all persons. We will also be interrogating access to legal aid for persons who have been victims of police brutality. The panellists will share and discuss current and potential future impacts of COVID-19 on access to justice and justice systems.



APCOF webinar: New Use of Force law for South Africa

Date: Monday, 08 June 2020 | Time: 10h30 (SAST)

APCOF is hosting a webinar to discuss use of force legislation in South Africa and whether the time has come to consider a comprehensive new Use of Force Law.

Speakers include:

  • Louise Edwards – Programmes and Research Director, APCOF
  • Adv. Tseliso Thipanyane – Chief Executive Officer, South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)
  • Prof. Christof Heyns – Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa and member of the UN Human Rights Committee
  • Themba Masuku – Independent Policing Researcher
  • Hon. J Jeffery – Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, South Africa

To join the webinar, please RSVP to Helene van der Watt:, who will provide you with the link to join using the WebEx platform.