AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights Commission Africaine des Droits de l’Homme & des Peuples No. 31 Bijilo Annex Lay-out, Kombo North District, Western Region, P. O. Box 673, Banjul, The Gambia Tel: (220) 441 05 05 /441 05 06, Fax : (220) 441 05 04 E-mail:; Web Commemorative seminar on the 10th Anniversary of the Robben Island Guidelines Enhancing Torture Prevention in Africa Johannesburg, 21 – 23 August 201 OUTCOME DOCUMENT Johannesburg Declaration and Plan of Action on the Prevention and Criminalization of Torture in Africa Preamble We the participants at the commemorative seminar on the 10th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Robben Island Guidelines, organized by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), in Johannesburg, South Africa from 21 - 23 August, 2012, hereby make the following declaration and platform of action; Recognising that ten years after the adoption of the Robben Island Guidelines (RIG) in 2002, there is a need to take stock of the progress made in the prevention and criminalization of torture in Africa; Noting the February 2012 Addis Ababa Regional Consultation for Africa on Enhancing Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms on the Prevention of Torture and the Protection of Victims of Torture, especially People deprived of their Liberty;

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