Western Cape Provincial Police Ombudsman 2019/2020 Annual Performance Report
12 Aug, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

12 August 2020: Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) is hosting a discussion with the Western Cape Provincial Police Ombudsman, Johan Brand, regarding his office’s 2019/20 Annual Performance Report. The Western Cape is the only province in South Africa with a Police Ombudsman and thus presents a unique opportunity to explore this institution.

II Seminário Formativo sobre Direitos Humanos aplicados à Justiça Criminal na Província de Sofala: O Impacto Socioeconómico da Prisão Preventiva
04 Aug, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

4 Agosto 2020: Em muitos países, a lei permite a prisão preventiva para garantir a comparência do acusado em julgamento. O Estudo sobre o Impacto Socioeconómico da Prisão Preventiva no Quénia, Zâmbia e Moçambique procurou confirmar e quantificar o impacto socioeconómico de tal detenção para os reclusos, suas famílias, e agregados familiares, nos principais centros urbanos dos três países.

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority – looking ahead
15 Jul, 2020 to 22 Jul, 2020

15, 16, 21 and 22 July 2020: Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) will host a series of four one-hour webinars about the National Prosecuting Authority in July 2020 with a particular emphasis on the way forward. An independent prosecution authority, free from political interference, is fundamental to any democracy’s criminal justice system. South Africa created a new National Prosecuting Authority in 1998, which is the linchpin of accountability and for responding to crime in South Africa. No other entity has the original power to prosecute. The appointment and dismissal process of the National Director of Public Prosecution (NDPP) and other senior prosecutors is key to the independence and accountability of its functioning. Performance of the prosecuting authority should be anchored on the rule of law, accountability, public interest and trust. Looking to the future we need to acknowledge what went wrong with the NPA, but also take lessons and see how we can develop solutions relating to law, policy and practice reform. Ultimately, we are seeing a prosecution service that enjoys legitimacy because it is trusted by the public to act in the broad public interest. ACJR will launch a series of infographics at each webinar to stimulate the discussions. The interactive webinars will be facilitated by Lukas Muntingh, Jean Redpath and Kristen Petersen from ACJR.

Alcohol and South Africa's drop in Crime
12 May, 2020 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM

12 May 2020: ACJR's Jean Redpath was a discussant in a seminar hosted by the Institute for Security Studies discussing the Minister of Police's claim that the drop in crime during lockdown could be attributed to the ban on the sale of alcohol.

'Policing, Safety and Marginalization'
12 Dec, 2019

11 December 2019: ACJR researcher Janelle Mangwanda presented at a roundtable meeting held at Ford Foundation in Banana Island, Lagos, Nigeria, hosted by the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF).

Consultative meeting: Assessing the prospects for the decriminalisation and declassification of petty offences in Africa
04 Dec, 2019 Cape Town,

04 December 2019: Representatives from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda met in Cape Town to review a draft assessment tool developed by Africa Criminal Justice Reform. The purpose of the meeting was to elicit comments on the draft assessment tool to be used to engage with policy makers and government officials regarding the decriminalisation and declassification of petty laws.

South Africa: Round Table Discussion: Appointing the leadership of the NPA
20 Nov, 2019 Rosebank, Johannesburg,

20 November 2019: Hosted by the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) and Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI). The Constitution and the NPA Act provide that the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) is appointed by the President, who may also, after consultation with the NDPP and Minster of Justice, appoint up to four Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecution (DNDPP). The President similarly appoints the Provincial Directors of Public Prosecutions (PDPP). This rather opaque process remained in place until Right2Know brought a court application in 2018 that the interviews for the position of NDPP should be conducted in public. Right2Know was successful and the interviews that resulted in the appointment of Adv. Shamila Batohi as NDPP set an important precedent In August 2019 the Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (DNDPP) Silas Ramaite took early retirement. Given the workload and demands on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) it is essential that the vacancy be filled. Since the DNDPP and the NDPP are both appointed by the President, it follows that the precedent set in the appointment of Adv. Batohi must now also be followed in filling the vacancy left by the departure of Ramaite, or is it that simple? Why is it that the President that must appoint the Deputies and not the NDPP that appoints her Deputies? Please join us for a roundtable discussion on reviewing the appointment of the leadership of the NPA with the aim to develop proposals for law, practice and policy reform. Presentations by Lukas Muntingh (DOI), Jean Redpath (DOI) and Florencia Belvedere (PARI).

Malawi Workshop on Democratic Policing
23 Jul, 2019 Sunbird Mount Soche, Blantyre,

23 July 2019: ACJR will be conducting a workshop with police and other stakeholders on democratic policing, in Blantyre.

South Africa: State Capture, Accountability and the Media
09 Jul, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Holiday Inn, The Zone, Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg.,

9 July 2019: ACJR and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) are co-hosting a morning seminar on 9 July 2019 with three esteemed journalists to explore the links between state accountability and the media:

Zambia Workshop on Democratic Policing
27 Jun, 2019 to 28 Jun, 2019 Cresta Golf View Hotel Lusaka,

27-28 June 2019: ACJR will be conducting a workshop with police and other stakeholders on democratic policing, in Lusaka.

The socio-economic impact of remand detention in the Western Cape: Report launch
28 May, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Spin Street, Cape Town,

28 May 2019: The aim of this study was to investigate the socio-economic impact of remand detention on accused persons and their families and dependents. The evidence in this study suggests that the criminal procedural system metes out a disproportionate “punishment” in the form of infringement of the socio-economic rights of the families of detainees, regardless of guilt or innocence.

Mozambique Workshop on Democratic Policing
27 Mar, 2019 to 28 Mar, 2019 Maputo,

27-28 March 2019: In partnership with Reformar, ACJR will be conducting workshop with police and other stakeholders on the nine dimensions for democratic policing in Maputo.

Africa and Asia Civil Society Workshop on the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2019
27 Mar, 2019 to 29 Mar, 2019 Johannesburg,

27-29 March 2019: The objectives of the workshop include the following: 1. To provide information and data on SDG 16.3 (access to justice) and the HLPF scheduled to take place in July 2019. 2. To develop strategies with a view to ensuring the visibility and active participation of civil society groups from Africa during the HLPF in July 2019. 3. To build capacity of civil society groups in Africa to understand and engage with the Voluntary National Review process. 4. To allow for cross-fertilisation of knowledge and ideas on access to justice between civil society groups in Africa and other regions, particularly from countries such as Indonesia and Mongolia.

Regional Conference on the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences
03 Oct, 2018 to 04 Oct, 2018 Accra, Ghana,

3-4 October 2018: In Accra, Ghana, 15 civil society organisations and five National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) meet to develop sub-regional strategies to ensure the dissemination and implementation of the African Commission’s Principles on the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa, and to strengthen collaboration between the ACHPR, NHRIs and civil society organisations.

Enhancing the Role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences: Project Inception Training
19 Sep, 2018 to 20 Sep, 2018 Johannesburg,

19-20 September 2018: The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions hosts this project inception training which will involved an Introduction to NANHRIs Project and the Principles; Validation of NANHRI’s Baseline Assessment Report: Enhancing the Role of NHRIs in the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences; Presentation of a Basic Scorecard to be utilized by NHRIs; and a Prison Visit.

Round Table on Prisoners on Remand
25 Jul, 2018 Cape Town,

25 July: The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (South Africa) hosts a round table discussion on prisoners on remand. The programme includes an Introduction (Fr Peter-John Pearson, Director CPLO) and a short movie clip on Conditions in Pollsmoor, followed by Prof Lukas Muntingh (Project Head, African Criminal Justice Reform), Ms Jacquline Hoorn (Regional Manager, NICRO Western Cape), and Fr Mathai Babychan (Chaplain, Prison Care and Support Network).

South African Human Rights Commission Dialogue
23 Jul, 2018 Southern Sun Hotel OR Tambo, Johannesburg,

Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (OPCAT) and the Establishment of a National Preventative Mechanism (NPM)

Encontro de Reflexão sobre o impacto do Acordão 4/CC/2013 de 17 de Setembro
06 Jul, 2018

6 Julho: Research for Mozambique em parceria com a Procuradoria-Geral da República realizam um encontro de reflexão sobre o impacto do Acórdão nr. 04/CC72013, 17 de Setembro, para aferir o grau da sua implementação pelo Ministério Público, pelo judicial, para Polícia da República de Moçambique pelo Serviço Nacional de Investigação Criminal.

Submission on IPID Bill to South African Parliament
28 Jun, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Parliament, Cape Town,

28 June: Submission on a bill to amend legislation governing the Independent Policing Investigative Directorate (IPID) in South Africa. The submission includes a recommendation that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) be required to give reasons for their decisions not to prosecute cases referred to them by IPID.

Training with Mozambican civil society
25 Jun, 2018 to 28 Jun, 2018

25-28 June: Mozambicans working in the criminal justice sector to be trained by ACJR on methodologies of human rights research and reporting.

Criminal Justice Symposium on Sentencing and Bail in South Africa
22 Jun, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 04:00 PM 6 Spin Street, Cape Town,

22 June: Speakers: Justice Edwin Cameron, Venessa Padayachee, Thulani Ndlovu, Jean Redpath. The roundtable will kick off with a panel discussion among the speakers and be followed by questions and response from attendees.

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