African Commission on
Human & Peoples’ Rights

Commission Africaine des
Droits de l’Homme & des Peuples

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Commemorative seminar on the 10th Anniversary of the
Robben Island Guidelines
Enhancing Torture Prevention in Africa
Johannesburg, 21 – 23 August 201

Johannesburg Declaration and Plan of Action on the
Prevention and Criminalization of Torture in Africa
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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