Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative
On 27-30 July 2015 CSPRI assisted in the training of a mobile training unit which is to roll out new case folders, registers and court diaries across Malawi.
CSPRI releases fact sheet on segregation and solitary confinement in South African and International law
This fact sheet was prompted by media reports in July 2015 of prisoners being held in effective solitary confinement at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, in an unlit underground cell.
The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommended that the South African Police Service (SAPS) review the allocation of police resources across South Africa, after finding that the comparative allocation to Khayelitsha compared to other policing areas was irrational and unjust. To date neither the relevant Minister nor the SAPS has responded to the Commission Report.
In June and July 2015 CSPRI worked with the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) - Kenya, and Resource Oriented Development Initiative (RODI) toward commencing their work for Kenya's National Council on the Administration of Justice.
At the 56th ACHPR Ordinary Session, which was held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 21 April to 7 May 2015, the ACHPR Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA) decided that its first General Comment on Article 5 and the prevention and prohibition of torture would examine the right to redress for victims of torture and other ill-treatment.
The CSPRI, established in 2003, is a research and advocacy project focussing on prisons and places of confinement in the African region, with the aim of furthering constitutional and human rights imperatives within these settings.