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ACHPR Meeting to approve the Study on the Use of Force by Law Enforcement Officials in Africa




Promote a rights-based approach to the use of force by law enforcement in Africa, this is the overall objective behind the meeting to approve the study on the use of force by law enforcement officers in Africa and to validate the training manual on the use of force by law enforcement officers and prison and correctional guards in Africa.


Organized by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) chaired by Hon. Remy Ngoy Lumbu, this meeting falls within the framework of Article 45 of the African Charter which empowers the Commission to "collect documentation, make studies and research on African issues in the field of human and peoples' rights". The meeting outcomes is to develop the capacity of police and prison officials to train their personnel in the legal, necessary, proportionate and non-discriminatory use of force:





This meeting brought together representatives of States, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), independent experts on police and prison issues, as well as police officers and prison guards.


On this occasion, the Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Police Action in Africa, Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela recalled that law enforcement officials are an important component of the democratic of the democratic state and the rule of law in their duty to maintain

their duty to maintain public order, tranquility and security in their security in their respective territories.





Hon. Remy recalled that the meeting will raise awareness on the need for comprehensive training that goes beyond the operation and use of instruments of the operation and use of instruments of force, such as firearms, to cover the such as firearms, to cover the practical application of the principles of legality, necessity, proportionality and non-discrimination, as well as context-specific rules for example, the use of force in a force in a prison.


What to remember about Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela?


Maria Teresa Manuela portfolio's main priority is to defend the rights of African Citizens who are sentenced to exile, death threats, denial of the family in law or prison. Bold, optimistic and enduring, this Angolan activist through her commitment braves rain and sun with the sole purpose of seeing African problems in the field of human rights and peoples changed.


These Qualities have allowed her to rise to the rank of the iron ladies of her history as Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Police Action in Africa, under the banner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). An expert on rights issues with an impressive curriculum vitae, she is renowned for her career and has been able to defy prejudices about women on a continent where sociological constraints hinder their development.

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