African Union: ICRC delegation meets African Policing Civilians Oversight Forum

15 February 2017
African Union: ICRC delegation meets African Policing Civilians Oversight Forum
The ICRC held a meeting with the African Policing Oversight Forum’s coordinator, Sean Tait, on 7 February 2017.

The ICRC's Police and Gendarmerie Delegate, Mark Tony Waine, held a meeting with the African Policing Oversight Forum's (APCOF's) coordinator, Sean Tait, on 7 February 2017, in Pretoria, South Africa. Waine was accompanied by Mutsa Mangezi, the ICRC's Legal Advisor in Pretoria.

The two parties discussed common interests and opportunities for collaboration such as detention, policing standards, human rights, countering violent extremism and policing issues at the African and national levels as well as during peace and security operations.

The possibility of organizing a launch of the English-Swahili bi-lingual version of the Guidelines on the conditions of Arrest, Police Custody and Pre-Trial Detention in Africa (Luanda Guidelines) was also discussed. The document was translated and printed by the ICRC in collaboration of the African Commission for Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) and African Policing Oversight Forum (APCOF).

Waine joined the ICRC's delegation to the African Union as of December 2016. He has been introduced by the delegation's Senior Diplomatic Assistant, Rahel Seife, to several partners of the delegation including the AU Police Strategic Support Group, Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) Security Sector Programme, United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Addis-based think tanks.

APCOF is a coalition of police oversight bodies and practitioners whose trustees and Advisory Board members form a network of expertise bringing together leading practitioners to promote a continental agenda and facilitate shared learning and experiences.

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