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Malawi: Journalist beaten up by the Police

21 October 

The Malawian Police allegedly arrested and assaulted a Times Group journalist, Archibald Kasakura. It is reported that this...

DRC: United Nations Human Rights Commissioner expelled in Congo

20 October 2014 

United Nations  Ban Ki – Moon has condemned the Republic of Congo for expelling the...

Kenya: Police Officers summoned for shooting and killing a child

10 October 2014 

The Kenyan High Court has summoned two police officers for allegedly shooting and killing a 14 year...

South Africa: Criminals Allegedly abuses in a police station

08 October 2014 

The South African Human Rights Commission has released a statement stating that allegedly suspects held at Maake...



12 Nov

Police and Human Rights in Africa

For the latest edition of the Police and Human Rights in Africa Newsletter, please follow the link. 



05 Nov

Gendering Police Accountability: The Role of the Police Portfolio Committee in monitoring compliance with the Domestic Violence Act

Lisa Vetten's paper on the role of the Portfolio Committee in monitoring compliance with the Domestic Violence Act, to access the paper please follow the link  



23 Oct

The Impact of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on police impunity and culture

Melanie Dugmore's  opinion piece on impact of IPID on police impunity and culture, looking at challenges and opportunities. To read the article please follow the link