Good policing starts with respect for human rights


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How the police treat the most vulnerable members of society is a good measure of their ability to improve public safety. A recent study into the South African Police Service’s treatment of sex workers found the police wanting – officials routinely broke the law and their own codes of conduct.

To garner public support, the police must recognise the dignity and rights of vulnerable groups. Upholding the law and treating people with respect are the hallmarks of a professional and effective police service.

This seminar will discuss results from the policing of sex work study, and how police performance can be improved in South Africa.

This seminar is hosted with Sonke Gender Justice and the Sex Worker Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT).

Chair: Gareth Newham, Head, Justice and Violence Prevention, ISS


Donna Evans, Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, Sonke Gender Justice

Tamara Mathebula, Deputy Chairperson, Commission on Gender Equality

Dr Connie Kganakga, Executive Manager, NSP Unit, South African National Aids Council

Nosipho Vidima, Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT)

Louise Edwards, Programme Manager, African Police Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF)

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