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Human Rights & Law Enforcement

Human Rights and Law Enforcement
The Human Rights and Law Enforcement is one of the seven focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission in order to effectively fulfill its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of human rights in South Africa.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has a mandate to promote, protect, and monitor human rights in the country.  In keeping with its mandate the Commission is committed to protecting the human rights of those incarcerted without trial.  The South African police service has a stated commitment to a human rights based approach to community policing, however violations of persons civil and political rights are still being perpetrated.


  • In August 2016 the Commission presented to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police.   
  • On 28th & 29th April 2016 the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the SA Police Services (SAPS) will, host a Dialogue on Policing and Human Rights.
  • The Commission participated in the review of South Africa’s report under the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in Geneva March 2016.
  • The Commission hosted a three-day media Regional Training Workshop on Prevention of Torture: Enhancing the Role of SADC National Human Rights Institutions in Combating Torture April 2013.


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Understanding PAIA

The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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