Fight against the use of force by public security agents and prison guards in prisons in Africa

The Special Rapporteurs of the African Commission engaged in the fight against human rights violations.

Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa, the Honorable Maria Teresa Manuela, by its politics, its technocracy, never ceases to amaze those around it. The last strike of this strongly applauded lady, is the validation of the study carried out around the excessive use of force by the forces of order on the African continent which turns out to be one of the main responsible for the violations of rights rights in the criminal justice sector. Which study, which is pending approval this Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa by representatives of States, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), independent experts on police and prison matters, as well as police officers and prison guards.

On the road to succession, pugnacity and abnegation go hand in hand. The commitment of the Hon. Manuela is characterized by courage and determination. Aware of the ardor suffered by prisoners in our prisons in Africa in terms of physical and verbal violence, contempt due to their status as prisoners, she has positioned herself to bring under the banner of the African Commission on Human Rights and of the Peoples (ACHPR) a beacon of hope.

In his intervention, Hon. Idrissa Sow, President of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and Enforced Disappearances in Africa, recalled that in this fight it is possible to quickly seek the cooperation of mechanisms that can address the issue. of the excessive use of force by law enforcement and security forces from multiple angles, based on the instruments already adopted by the Commission and those of an international nature.

During the opening ceremony, Hon. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, President of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) recalled that it was time for a serious study to be carried out by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR ) in order to provide effective, appropriate and sustainable responses to this issue of the use of force by law enforcement officials.

Courageous actions have been undertaken: the ACHPR has undertaken to collect the necessary documentation, to carry out studies and research on African problems in the field of human and peoples' rights, to organize information, to encourage organizations national and local bodies concerned with human rights and, if necessary, give advice or make recommendations to governments.  

By purging from the system of thoughts falsely constructed on the basis of discrimination and other inconsistencies which had ended up becoming norms in certain African countries with regard to human rights violations, the ACHPR initiated this meeting of experts which schematize the commitment for the restoration of the principle of respect for human rights throughout the African territory. Hope today in full rebirth, what more to enchant the international community and to sound the return of suitable values ​​specific to man. Commendable actions as Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa, the Honorable Maria Teresa Manuela, revealed itself in the facts of iron lady.

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