19 December 2011
Official launch of new project to prevent torture in Africa On 13 December 2011 the “Article 5 Initiative” (A5I) was officially launched in Cape Town, South Africa.
Justice Vincent Saldanha
[t]he continued and widespread practice of torture in Africa is a real and weighty challenge
In his keynote address at the launch, Justice Vincent Saldanha, Judge of the Western Cape High Court, stressed the need for all stakeholders to continue the fight against torture, and Commissioner Dupe Atoki, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, noted that “[t]he continued and widespread practice of torture in Africa is a real and weighty challenge, the prevention and eradication of which requires creative initiatives, the building of synergies and the complete engagement and commitment of all relevant stakeholders.”
A5I is a partnership between the University of Cape Town (Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit), the University of the Western Cape (Community Law Centre’s Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative), the Human Rights Implementation Centre of the University of Bristol and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum. The project is supported by the European Union through its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.