Police Oversight and AccountabilIty in Africa Training @ The University of Pretoria

September 11-15th, 2017, the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum [APCOF] are conducting a short course on Police Oversight and Accountability in Africa.

The aim of the course is to profile police accountability and over-sight as a human rights and governance concern, and assist in building a community of practitioners on the continent who can become active advocates for increased accountability of the police, and who are skilled to identify and act in terms of overseeing the actions of the police. During the one-week intensive course, training is provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and postgraduate students.

The training is provided to practitioners, policy-makers, scholars and post-graduate students. The course kicked off on Monday September 11, 2017 with 36 participants from 15 African countries and 3 non African countries, coming from a range of sectors that includes Government (police officers, Attorney, prosecutor, magistrates and investigatory attorney offices, etc.), National human rights institutions that includes Human Rights Commissioners, practicing Lawyers, activists and academics, including Researchers and Post-graduate students

The first three days focuses on oversight and accountability when police and law enforcement agents are discharging their duties, regardless of who they are interacting with different groups. The last two days focus on policing vulnerabilities and the responsibility of the police when dealing with Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups, sex workers (SW), drugs users as members if key populations.

Stated Berry, ‘As an organisation working on equality rights and non discrimination, including on the basis SOGI; and in an effort to advance Resolution 275’s recommendation to African states to ensure proper investigation for victims of assault and violence by states and non state actors, including in training the police on a human rights based approach to policing; it is important for us to have police and law enforcement agents that apply a human rights and protective approach to policing when in touch with members of the public, including sexual and gender minorities, SW and Drug Injecting Users.’