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Togo's prison conditions lead to deaths
Author: Jean
Published: Sep 06, 2012

Togo has only twelve prisons, which on average hold more than twice their capacity. The crowded conditions exacerbate poor hygiene, food, medical care, leading to disease and death.

"We are all dying here": prisons in Chad
Author: Jean
Published: Sep 06, 2012

The African Press Organization reports that an Amnesty International Report on Chad to be released on 10 September will detail human rights violations in prison in Chad

Nigerian prisons filled with awaiting trial detainees
Author: Jean
Published: Sep 06, 2012

Over-population in the Nigerian prison system has been identified as the challenge to prison reform. More than 70 per cent of over 50,000 inmates across the country are awaiting trial.

Querying colleague's arrest leads to journalist's death
Author: Jean
Published: Sep 03, 2012

Prominent journalist, Daudi Mwangosi, died on Sunday, 2 September 2012 while covering clashes between the police and members of Tanzania's largest opposition political party, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema).

A5I consultation meetings in Bujumbura and Pretoria
Author: Jean
Published: Aug 30, 2012

The aim of these initial workshops was to bring together stakeholders from government, NHRIs and civil society organisations of each respective country to discuss the contents of the UNCAT and to present the draft Domestication and Implementation Package (DIP). Participants met in Bujumbura, Burundi, on 8-9 August 2012 and Pretoria, South Africa, on 28-29 August 2012.

"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.

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