(New rules for new changes)
This June 21, 2022 takes place in Pretoria, South Africa the Validation meeting of the study on the use of force by law enforcement officials in Africa and a discussion of the training tool on the use of force by law enforcement officials. This, for further changes and better application of laws on the continent, especially in prison settings where their application raises concerns and concerns.
Promote a rights-based approach to the use of force by law enforcement in Africa, by developing the capacity of the police and prison administration to train their personnel in the use of force that is lawful, necessary, proportionate and not discrimination of force. These are essentially the reasons why the Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Maintenance of Order in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has been meeting since this morning in Pretoria, South Africa. a meeting. And it is through a presentation made by the Honorable Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, President of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) and the Special Rapporteur on prisons, Hon. Maria Teresa, that the launch has taken place. Already at the start of the ceremony, it was the Honorable Rémy, first authority of the African Commission, who congratulated the participants in this meeting and affirmed that the meeting which he is attending at the launch will be a special meeting par excellence for all , what " resolutely is a participation in the improvement of respect for human rights in Africa ».
In her speech, the Special Rapporteur clarified that this meeting was important and inevitable for a real change with regard to the arbitrary use of force by public security agents in our prisons in Africa. She adds to this effect that the meeting will "promote the exchange of experiences and analyzes between specialists in international law, but will also bring together knowledge of international law thanks to the validation of the training manual on the use of force by law enforcement officers and prison/correctional guards in Africa”. It should be noted that the event was attended by other personalities such as representatives of States, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), independent experts on issues police and prison officers, as well as police officers and prison guards. It is therefore time for two days of reflection on the entrenchment of respect for human rights in prisons in Africa.