Preventing Torture in South Africa – the Symposium outcome document

COVER-page-001As previously reported, the Wits Justice Project was able to host a symposium on torture in South Africa in 2014 through the generous support of the Claude Leon Foundation. The two-day symposium (28-29 August 2014), brought together members of civil society, academics, legal experts, human rights activists, and survivors of torture, to deliberate on the first year of the “torture bill” and the necessary follow-up steps needed for the ratification of the Optional Protocol of the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

Reports of torture, including mass torture, in South African detention facilities continue to surface. The most important have been broken by the Wits Justice Project team, namely the St Alban’s mass torture and the Mangaung G4S series on forced injections and abuse of force.

The proceeding and outcomes of the symposium have been collated into a booklet which is printed and being distributed widely and also available online here.



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