West Africa Police and Torture Prevention
As part of its ongoing cooperation with the African Commission for an effective implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines (RIG), and continuing support of the work of the RIG Committee, the APT visited Nigeria in mid-July. The implementation of the RIG was the subject of a sub-regional seminar for senior West African law enforcement officers. It is hoped that a closer collaboration between the African Commission and regional law enforcement officials will result in the development of more effective programmes for the prevention of torture.
||17-18 July 2008
West African Law Enforcement Agencies
||The prevention of torture in Africa through an effective implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines.
On 17 and 18 July 2008 APT attended a seminar on the implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines for senior West African law enforcement officers. The event took place in Abuja. The objectives of this meeting were:
The African Commission has established special mechanisms composed of Commissioners and independent experts to address specific human rights issues on the continent. One of such special bodies is the Follow-up Committee on the Implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines (RIG Committee) for the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture. The RIG Committee was established during the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Commission in May 2004. The APT Africa Programme Officer serves within the RIG Committee as Vice-chairperson.
||Jean-Baptiste Niyizurugero, APT Africa Programme Officer