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Media Advisory: SAHRC and APCOF to host the 3rd Annual Police and Human Rights Dialogue

11 September 2019

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

Within a context of extremely high levels of gender based violence directed against women and the girl child in particular, and violent social unrest leading to violence against vulnerable groups such as non-nationals within South Africa, the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) will host the 2019 Police Human Rights Dialogue on 12 September 2019.

The day which marks the anniversary of the death of South African activist Steve Biko. This third annual Dialogue brings together civil society practitioners, police, law makers and the oversight community to discuss issues of policing and human rights, and is part of ongoing efforts by the SAHRC and the APCOF to promote human rights in policing.

The dialogue aims to:

  • Create a space for constructive discussion between various stakeholders from South Africa and offer a space for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to engage on human rights-related policing issues;
  • Support and encourage South African CSOs' contributions and inputs in policy developments, including those emanating from the state of the nation address with a particular emphasis on strengthening good human rights practice by the police; and
  • Encourage stakeholders to share experiences and comparative analysis of human rights in the policing context.

This dialogue also comes at a time when the Republic of South Africa ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, Cruel, Inhuman Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) 20 June 2019. Subsequently, the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) for preventing torture, cruel, inhuman treatment or punishment, among others, through regular visits to places of deprivation of liberty was launched on 20 July 2019. As a multi-body mechanism, the NPM is functionally and coordinated by the SAHRC.

The dialogue will be held as follows:

Date: 12 September 2019

Time: 09h00 to 17h00

Venue: SAHRC Training Room, Braampark, 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein


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Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission

Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Alucia Sekgathume Tel: 082 689 2364 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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