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Prevention of Torture

Focus Area: The Prevention of Torture
Strategic Focus Area: The Prevention of Torture 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.

Torture is one of the most profound violations of human rights and dignity.The South African Human Rights Commission continues to receive complaints against the police and correctional services of unnecessary force and torture.

South Africa has established the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) to monitor and conduct investigations into the behaviour of the servicemen/women of the police and correctional services, respectively. The South African Human Rights Commission directly refers all complaints to these oversight bodies, but continues to monitor them.


  • 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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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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