n African Security Review - Police accountability and policing oversight mechanisms in the Southern African Development Community : essay

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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The police enjoy unique and special powers in the furtherance of their duties. Depending on how these powers are used, they may either protect or violate human rights. Therefore the exercise of police power requires that it should be used responsibly. Over the years, however, the involvement of police and other law enforcement offi cials in systematic abuses of human rights and attendant police 'cover ups' in many countries have underscored the need for oversight of their actions. This article surveys the various mechanisms for policing oversight in countries within the Southern African Development Community.

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