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"How the law on police use of deadly force is weakened" - by Clare Ballard
Author: Berber
Published: Aug 24, 2012

On Thursday 16 August 2012, 36 miners were killed by South African Police Services officials at Marikana mine in Mpumalanga. The violence arose out of a protracted labour dispute involving rival labour unions and Lonmin management. The final death toll of the week of 13 August 2012 is close to 50. Clare Ballard argues that the recent amendment of section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act, now awaiting the President’s signature, has weakened protection by significantly broadening the grounds on which the use of deadly force may be used and justified. She states that having constitutionally compliant legislation will not fix the seemingly endemic problems within the SAPS, nor will it repair its damaged reputation. What it can do, however, is strike the best the balance between undoubtedly complicated policing concerns, public safety and the rights to life, freedom from violence and dignity.

Sudan political detainees released
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 17, 2012

A number of political detainees including opposition figures who were arrested as part of a major crackdown last month were released after more than a month in detention. It is unclear whether any were actually charged. Some detainees had spent more than two months in detention.

Only three percent of new cases tried in a year in Liberia
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 13, 2012

A report by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) on Liberia's justice system has revealed that only 3 per cent of cases docketed in the Circuit Courts in 2010 went to trial, leaving thousands awaiting trial in the country's prisons.

Bangui prison destroyed; detainees escape
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 05, 2012

Among those no longer held in the prison include Briton and his colleagues charged with ritual killing of thirteen people held since April 2012

New Provisional Somalian Constitution approved
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 02, 2012

On 1 August 2012 Somalia's 825-member National Constituent Assembly (NCA) approved a new constitution for the country by a large majority. Traditional elders, who had selected the NCA members in a process backed by the United Nations, will also choose a new parliament, which in turn is scheduled to choose Somalia's new leader on August 20, when the mandate of the Transitional Federal Government expires.

CSPRI makes submissions to Parliament on the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Bill
Author: Berber
Published: Aug 01, 2012

On 31 July 2012, CSPRI sent in the following submissions to Parliament on the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Bill. These submissions represent the views of a group of organisations (listed in the document) and address, primarily, whether the contents of the Bill comply fully with the obligations imposed on the state in terms of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). These submissions also include recommendations on what the Bill should include and / or exclude as well as suggestions on how the text could be amended. CSPRI will be addressing the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development at the public hearings on 4 September 2012.

Immigration detention crisis on Mayotte
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 19, 2012

Nearly 25,000 Comorians are deported from Mayotte each year, and only after enduring poor detention conditions, claims PressTV, Paris. In addition fatal boating accidents kill on average two people per day, claims the network.

Human rights workers detained in Sudan
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 16, 2012

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) has brought attention to the arrest and continued detention without charge by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) between 23 June and 12 July 2012 in Khartoum of eleven human rights workers.

"Elbow Licking Friday" brutal arrests in Sudan
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 05, 2012

The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists condemned in a press release acts of the Sudanese authorities against demonstrations that took place in many parts of Sudan on Friday June 29. The organisation alleges security forces launched an arrest campaign against activists and media representatives, with many being detained in unknown locations.

Gambian journalist still missing after arrest in 2006
Author: Jean
Published: Jun 05, 2012

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on 5 June 2012 called on the governments of the United States of America and The Gambia to disclose information about the whereabouts of missing Gambian journalist "Chief" Ebrima Manneh who has not been seen since his arrested on 11 July 2006 by the Gambia Police Force of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

"Corruption" judge appointed to reduce delays
Author: Jean
Published: May 30, 2012

Raising constitutional issues leads to delays in corruption cases; appointment of High Court judge to deal with these matters is hoped to reduce delays.

Launch of the Report on Children in Prison in South Africa
Author: Gwen
Published: May 30, 2012

On 28 May, Lukas Muntingh and Clare Ballard launched CSPRI's latest research report during a workshop held in Cape Town. The report is an update to the situational analysis of the children in prison in South Africa. The launch brought together many stakeholders in the field of child justice and allowed for interesting exchanges on the current challenges faced by children in conflict with the law.

Algerian prisons seek to educate
Author: Jean
Published: May 17, 2012

ANSAmed reports on the strategies of the Algerian Penitentiary Administration in seeking to educate its youthful detainees.

New Legal Aid Law in Sierra Leone
Author: Jean
Published: May 12, 2012

Sierra Leone’s parliament has just enacted a legal aid law which provides for the role of paralegals.

Malik Medjnoune finally released
Author: Jean
Published: May 05, 2012

Malik Medjnoune was held for 12 years in pre-trial detention until international pressure from Amensty International and Alkarama, an Arab human rights organisation, forced a one-day "trial" in July 2011. He was released in May 2012, having served the full 12 years of the sentence handed down.

Rwandan Mpanga International Prison commended
Author: Jean
Published: May 05, 2012

Employees of the US Embassy in Kigali have commended the Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) for promoting better and safer environment for inmates of this prison.

Three detainees die in Misrata; UN Mission expresses concern at suspected torture
Author: Jean
Published: May 03, 2012

UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has expressed concern to Libya's authorities over the deaths of three people in a detention centre in the north-western city of Misrata on 13 April 2012, saying it believes that the deaths were the result of torture. Most detainees are alleged Gadaffi sympathizers. Meanwhile, the Libyan authorities pass a number of new laws criminalizing opposition to the revolution.

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