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CSPRI co-hosts seminar on allocation of policing resources in South Africa
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 24, 2015

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommended that the South African Police Service (SAPS) review the allocation of police resources across South Africa, after finding that the comparative allocation to Khayelitsha compared to other policing areas was irrational and unjust. To date neither the relevant Minister nor the SAPS has responded to the Commission Report.

CSPRI co-hosts seminar on allocation of policing resources in South Africa
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 24, 2015

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommended that the South African Police Service (SAPS) review the allocation of police resources across South Africa, after finding that the comparative allocation to Khayelitsha compared to other policing areas was irrational and unjust. To date neither the relevant Minister nor the SAPS has responded to the Commission Report.

CSPRI works with LRF and RODI-KENYA on pre-trial audit
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 20, 2015

In June and July 2015 CSPRI worked with the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) - Kenya, and Resource Oriented Development Initiative (RODI) toward commencing their work for Kenya's National Council on the Administration of Justice.

CSPRI contributes to development of General Comment on Article 5
Author: Jean
Published: Jul 08, 2015

At the 56th ACHPR Ordinary Session, which was held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 21 April to 7 May 2015, the ACHPR Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA) decided that its first General Comment on Article 5 and the prevention and prohibition of torture would examine the right to redress for victims of torture and other ill-treatment.

O Governo Angolano prende jovens activistas políticos e defensores de direitos humanos em Angola
Author: Jean
Published: Jun 24, 2015

No Sábado dia 20 de Junho, os Serviços de Investigação Criminal (SIC) e a Polícia Nacional prenderam e encarceraram treze jovens activistas políticos e defensores de direitos humanos, numa residência onde discutiam questões políticas relacionadas com o estado da democracia em Angola. Depois de serem presos cada um deles foi levado para a sua residência algemados e a polícia fez buscas e confiscou equipamento informático e documentos, nomeadamente; computadores, máquinas fotográficas, agendas pessoais, revistas, documentos vários e cartões de recarga telefónica que encontraram. Muitos destes equipamentos e documentos são pertença de membros da família. A operação policial aconteceu sem qualquer “mandado de prisão ou de busca” e muitas vezes a polícia armada usou violência para entrar nas residências.

Toward indicators for measuring pre-trial detention in Africa
Author: Jean
Published: Apr 24, 2015

For most development issues, indicators are adopted both to measure progress and to galvanise action. For example, the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which ranged from halving extreme poverty rates to providing universal primary education by the target date of 2015 – formed a blueprint which was agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions, and succeeded in galvanising unprecedented efforts toward meeting the needs of the world’s poorest.

Testimony in St.Alban's prison torture case
Author: Jean
Published: Feb 03, 2015

Lukas Muntingh has testified on the position of St. Alban's prison within the South African Department of Correctional Services in the civil lawsuit brought by 231 inmates from St Albans prison, which resumed in the Port Elizabeth High Court on 2 February 2015.

Mozambique promulgates new Penal Code
Author: Jean
Published: Dec 31, 2014

Constitutional amendments of 1990 and 2004 meant that the Criminal Code of 1886 no longer was in line with the political, social, cultural and economic reality of Mozambique. This revision of the of Criminal Code is intended to ensure the enjoyment of rights and freedoms of citizens.

Mozambique Pre-trial Detention Audit results launched
Author: Jean
Published: Sep 15, 2014

Results of an audit of pre-trial detention in Mozambique, carried out by Liga Moçambicana dos Direitos Humanos (the Mozambique Human Rights League) and CSPRI at the Community Law Centre of the University of the Western Cape, were presented at a seminar on 11 and 12 September 2014 in Maputo.

Mozambique Pre-trial Detention Audit results launched in Maputo
Author: Jean
Published: Sep 14, 2014

Results of an audit of pre-trial detention in Mozambique, carried out by Liga Moçambicana dos Direitos Humanos (the Mozambique Human Rights League) and CSPRI at the Community Law Centre of the University of the Western Cape, were presented at a seminar on 11 and 12 September 2014 in Maputo.

A5I torture prevention seminars in Cape Town and Burundi
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 21, 2014

The aim of the fourth workshop in South Africa was to consult on the draft Plan of Action developed during the third consultations, and obtain buy-in from key represented stakeholders, while in Burundi the fourth workshop was focussed on preparing for reporting in the upcoming review of Burundi by the UN Committee against Torture. The seminars took place 8-9 on July 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa and 18-20 August 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Are civil damages appropriate redress for torture or do they encourage impunity?
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 17, 2014

Gwenaelle Dereymaeker presented a paper entitled "When civil damages replace prosecutions for violence committed by law enforcement officials: effective accountability or de facto impunity?" at the Fifth International Conference: National and International Perspectives on Crime Reduction and Criminal Justice, held in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 14 and 15 August 2014.

Longer remand detention and fewer convictions
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 16, 2014

Jean Redpath presented a paper on remand detention trends in South Africa at the Fifth International Conference: National and International Perspectives on Crime Reduction and Criminal Justice, held in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 14 and 15 August 2014.

Promoting soft law on pre-trial justice in Lusaphone Africa
Author: Jean
Published: May 23, 2014

CSPRI-PPJA in partnership with the Mozambican Institute of Legal Aid (Insituto Patrocinio Assistencia Juridica, IPAJ) held a wokshop on 21 and 22 May 2014 to promote two new international soft law instruments on access to justice and pre-trial detention in Africa.

Unjust allocation of police human resources highlighted
Author: Jean
Published: May 13, 2014

Jean Redpath gave evidence at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Police Inefficiency and a Breakdown in Relations between the South African Police Service and and the Community in Khayelitsha in May 2014 regarding the relative allocation of police human resources among police stations in the Western Cape.

Malawi works toward implementing custody time limits
Author: Jean
Published: Nov 30, 2013

Malawi's Constitution and amended Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code provide for time limits applicable to various stages of the criminal justice process, after which an accused person is no longer lawfully detained.

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