Category Archives: Africa

Lack of accountability for police violence in Kenya

In its 2019 World Report, Human Rights Watch highlights police abuses in Kenya, citing “Lack of accountability for serious human rights violations, perpetrated largely by security forces … abusive police operations in opposition strongholds, with police beating and shooting to … Continue reading

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Civil society & anti-corruption

An experienced prosecutor with international experience has been selected to head South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. As described here, her appointment and that of new police leadership in the country has been more transparent than in the past, allowing input … Continue reading

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Year in review

Pleased to report that, during 2018, this blog had 6,798 views by 4,759 visitors from 51 countries, led by the US, Hong Kong, UK, and Canada. Views and visitors were more than double the previous year. The posts most often … Continue reading

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Policing the high seas

EU and partner efforts have been successful in reducing piracy over the last 10 years off the Horn of Africa, as reported here. The same naval operations have also encountered human trafficking and have targeted commercial fishing violations, noting that … Continue reading

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Unfair allocation of police in South Africa

This article reports a court ruling in South Africa that “police resource allocation in the Western Cape unfairly discriminates against black and poor people.” Evidence in the case showed that wealthier white suburbs got more protection from the national police … Continue reading

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130 organized crime arrests in 2 days

This article reports the arrest of 84 suspected ‘Ndrangheta members in coordinated operations in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Suriname. In addition, “more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine was seized in the Netherlands along with 140 kilograms of ecstasy … Continue reading

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Vigilantism in South Africa

This article reports serious vigilantism challenges in South Africa. Officials say the country’s police are 62,000 short with the poorest communities suffering badly from lack of police protection. Some have turned to vigilante groups, which showed initial success but then … Continue reading

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