Robben Island Guidelines: Training of African Francophone NGOs
11-13 December 2007
FIACAT ACAT Mali Purpose:
Capacity building for African NGOs on the Robben Island Guidelines (RIG) for their effective implementation Enhancement of NGOs skills to conduct preventive monitoring of places of detention
In partnership with the FIACAT (International Federation of Christians' Action for the Abolition of Torture), the APT has undertaken a three-year project on the implementation of the RIG in African Francophone countries. The first phase of the project was launched in Bujumbura, Burundi in December 2006.
The second training and the evaluation of the first phase took place on 11-13 December 2007 in Bamako, Mali. Twenty-six members of national ACAT organisations from 13 African countries took part in the training. The main theme of the training was 'protection of people deprived of their liberty'. Participants were trained, among others, on methodology for monitoring places of detention.
Each ACAT organisation identified a specific activity on the protection of people deprived of their liberty that they will implement during 2008. A third seminar will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in October 2008. The African Commission as well as Burkina Faso authorities will be associated with the event in order to stimulate official RIG implementation processes at national level. A launching ceremony will be organised with the RIG implementation process in Burkina Faso serving as a 'pilot country'. The Burkina Faso experience and model could then be promoted by the African Commission through its RIG Committee.
Jean-Baptiste Niyizurugero, APT Africa Programme Officer