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Policing News

Nigeria: Transparency International rates police force as the most corrupt institution in Nigeria

December 5, 2015

According to the 2015 Global Corruption Barometer by Transparency International, the police force in Nigeria is perceived as being the...

South Africa: McBride suspension unlawful

December 4, 2015

The Pretoria High Court is expected to hand down a ruling regarding the lawfulness of the former director of the...

Sierra Leone: Inspector General of Police accused of censor

November 26, 2015

Inspector General of Police in Sierra Leone, General Francis Alieu, has been accused of attempting to censor one of the...

South Africa: HAWKS Spokesperson cannot confirm or deny move to suspend Deputy Police Commissioner

November 25, 2015

HAWKS spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, has been unable to confirm allegations that the Deputy Police Commissioner, Nobubele Mbekela, has been...



23 Nov

Newsletter #6: Police and Human Rights in Africa, October 2015

The 6th Newsletter on Police and Human Rights arrives at a critical time in the development of police and human rights in Africa, specifically in terms of the African Commission's recent efforts to institutionalise reforms. This edition of the Newsletter covers the Resolution on the Expansion of the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention, police responses to terrorist threats in Niger, and the Luanda Guidelines and challenges faced by police with respect to arrest. In addition, this Newsletter also includes an article on how policing is a cross-cutting human rights matter, as well as a story on the Danish Institute for Human Rights' perspectives on police and human rights in Africa. 


A full copy of the newsletter can be found here: 9397_APCOF Newsletter 6.pdf


19 Nov

Women & Imprisonment in Africa: The Right to Privacy for Women in Detention

Following the African Commissions adoption of the Guidelines on Conditions of Arrest, Police Custody and Pre-trial Detention in Africa (Luanda Guidelines), which seek to advance a rights-based approach to pre-trial justice in Africa, APCOF associate, Kelly Stone, wrote an article on the privacy rights of women in detention, which has been published in AGenda's special edition of Women & Imprisonment in Africa journal.  In the article, Stone challenges the contemporary conceptualisation of the right to privacy for women in detention for failing to unpack the complexities of power in prison, and presents the Luanda Guidelines as an important opportunity to carry forward a dignity-based approach to privacy in detention.

A full copy of the article can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10130950.2015.1096093


16 Nov

APCOF/Gun Free SA/ISS Media Statement: Research shows South Africa’s gun law has saved lives, made country safer

On Tuesday, 10 November 2015, Gun Free South Africa hosted a public seminar in partnership with APCOF and the Institute for Security Studies, to present the findings of two research studies which demonstrate that South Africa's Firearms Control Act (2000) has reduced incidents of gun homicide. 

According to research presented by Dr. Richard Matzopoulos, the introduction of stricter gun legislation in 2000 is likely to be the cause for a decrease of 4,585 in the number of gun homicides across five South African cities from 2001-2005. In addition, Professor Naeemah Abrahams presented a study which demonstrated that the rate of intimate femicide dropped from four women being killed every day by an intimate partner in 1999, to three women being killed every day by an intimate partner in 2009, a decrease which she attributes to the introduction of stricter gun legislation in 2000.  

Press release available at: http://www.apcof.org/files/2639_MediaStatementAPCOFGFSAISS_.pdf