Promotion of the effective implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines
|Date:||02 April 2008
||Cape Town, South Africa
UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture
South African Human Rights Commission
The prevention of torture in Africa through an effective implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines (RIG).
The setting up by the RIG Committee of a strategic work plan for the effective implementation of the Guidelines throughout the continent.
|Activities:||The African Commission has established special mechanisms composed of commissioners and independent experts to address specific human rights issues on the continent. One of these 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.
The Robben Island Guidelines were developed during a meeting organised by the APT in February 2002 on Robben Island, South Africa. These Guidelines were adopted by a resolution of the African Commission during the 32nd Ordinary Session in October 2002. This was a significant advance in addressing torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in Africa.
Five years later, the RIG Committee deemed it necessary to go back to Robben Island to hold its working session on the 02 April. The objective of the meeting was to assess the RIG process and to review the RIG Committee's work and the challenges it has faced to date, in order to set up a strategic plan for the next two years. The meeting also considered whether there is a need for the RIG to be updated.
|Contact Person:||Jean-Baptiste Niyizurugero, APT Africa Programme Officer