Police detention monitoring manual released

Police detention monitoring manual: The Association for the Prevention of Torture has released a manual entitled “Monitoring Police Custody – a practical guide.”

The manual is intended to assist anyone carrying out monitoring visits to police stations or other similar detention facilities and preventive activities concerning the police conduct.

The report is available at www.apt.ch/en/resources/monitoring-police-custody-a-practical-guide/

UN, US sanctions DR Congo rebel over atrocities

As written by the Daily Nation

The United Nations and United States on Tuesday ordered sanctions against the head of a rebel group accused of atrocities as it seized territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UN ordered a travel ban and assets freeze against Sultani Makenga, head of the M23 rebels who have been accused of killing and raping civilians as they carve out a mini-state in the mineral-rich east of the African country.

The US government ordered the seizure of any Makenga assets in the United States and banned Americans from dealing with the 38-year-old former DR Congo army colonel. Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, accused Makenga of “heinous atrocities”.

The M23 rebellion erupted in March this year when mutineers broke away from the army and seized a number of towns near the Nord-Kivu provincial capital of Goma, close to the border with Rwanda and Uganda.

UN experts have accused both neighbouring governments of aiding the rebels.

Makenga is behind “killing and maiming, sexual violence, abduction, and forced displacement,” said a statement by the UN sanctions committee for DR Congo.

“Under the command of Sultani Makenga, M23 has carried out extensive atrocities against the civilian population,” including the rapes of women and children aged as young as eight, the statement added.

“New US and UN sanctions on Sultani Makenga show the world will not stand for heinous atrocities committed on his orders by the M23,” Rice said on Twitter.

“These new sanctions send an important message to other perpetrators of atrocities in DRC: accountability,” she added.

“Makenga is responsible for extensive atrocities against the population in the DRC,” said Adam Szubin, head of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The UN statement said M23 has received arms and other material “in violation of measures taken by the DRC to implement the arms embargo” against the country.

The statement did not say where the arms had come from. Rwanda and Uganda have strongly denied any link to M23 and have condemned a report by UN experts which alleged their backing of the rebels.

By AFP (14 November 2012)

White cop row may go to Constitutional Court

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SAPS captain Renate Barnard. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya

Trade union Solidarity may take the police to the Constitutional Court to test the country’s employment equity laws after the Labour Appeals Court ruled against a white woman captain who had been seeking an order that she be promoted to lieutenant-colonel in the SAPS.

Solidarity deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann said Captain Renate Barnard’s case had been a “tennis match” for the past seven years.

“The latest court ruling is disappointing… We are convinced that we will obtain a final victory [in the Concourt]. There are various constitutional elements which the court has not given finality on,” Hermann said.

“We are seeking finality on the constitutionality of a quota system that is based on the national racial demographics, the balance between affirmative action and service delivery, and the constitution’s provisions regarding the non-designated group’s right to equality and dignity.”

In 2005, Barnard applied for the advertised position in the National Evaluation Service of the SAPS. She was shortlisted and interviewed with six other candidates, and it was concluded she was the best candidate.

The top four candidates were Barnard, two white men and one black man. No one was appointed and, in 2006, Barnard applied for the same position with two black candidates, and was recommended for the post, but former police commissioner Jackie Selebi vetoed the decision, saying it would not address employment equity in the service.

Barnard then went to the Labour Court and won her case, but the police appealed.

At the time, the court ruled that Barnard’s right to equality and dignity had been infringed upon and that service delivery had been compromised.

Labour Court and Labour Appeals Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo ruled on Friday that the other court misunderstood the purpose of employment equity, saying that white women were overrepresented at the job level to which Barnard sought promotion.

Judge Mlambo said Barnard also was “clearly advantaged by past unfair discriminatory laws”.

“She was aware that black candidates were targeted for the post for which she applied… Clearly the employment equity plan does not sanction mediocrity or incompetence. Manifestly this was not the case with the two black candidates in this case.”

Police spokeswoman Colonel Tummi Shai said the police had received no notice of Solidarity’s intention.

“Whether SAPS will oppose the matter shall be decided once the court documents have been served,” Shai said.

sibusiso.nkomo@inl.co.za

Cape Argus (taken from www.iol.co.za)