Who are we?

We are a group of regional partners working together in the Campaign for Decriminalization and Reclassification of Petty Offences in Africa. The group comprises of like minded organizations/Institutions working on human rights issues across Africa and who are part of an elaborate legislative, litigation and advocacy campaign towards decriminalization and reclassification of petty offences in Africa.

The regional partners include:

  • African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF)
  • Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (CHREAA)
  • Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)
  • Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR)
  • The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)
  • South Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)
  • Open Society Foundations (OSF)
  • Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI)


Partner Profiles

African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF)

The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) is a Not-for-Profit Trust working on issues of police accountability and governance in Africa. APCOF promotes the values which the establishment of civilian oversight seeks to achieve; namely to assist in restoring public confidence, developing a culture of human rights, promoting integrity and transparency within the police, and nurturing good working relationships between the police and the community. While APCOF is active in the field of policing, its work is located in the broader paradigm of promoting democratic governance and the rule of law.


Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (CHREAA)

CHREAA is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. Inspired by Malawi’s past history of oppression and human rights abuses, CHREAA is committed to combating ignorance of rights and to making justice accessible to marginalized communities. CHREAA is well aware that the daily struggles of ordinary people are often overlooked.


The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)

The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) is a continental membership forum for African lawyers and lawyers’ associations. PALU was founded in 2002, by African Bar leaders and eminent lawyers, to reflect the aspirations and concerns of the African people and to promote and defend their shared interests. It brings together the continent’s five regional lawyers’ associations, over fifty-four national lawyers’ associations and over 500 lawyers.


Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR)

Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) is a project of the Dullah Omar Institute of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. ACJR engages in high-quality research, teaching and advocacy on criminal justice reform and human rights in Africa. Our work supports targeted evidence-based advocacy and policy development promoting good governance and human rights in criminal justice systems. Our work is anchored in international, regional and domestic law. We promote policy, law and practice reform based on evidence. We have a particular focus on effective oversight over the criminal justice system, especially in relation to the deprivation of liberty. 


The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) is a  non-governmental, non-profit and a member based organization. ICJ Kenya is  the only African national section. It is affiliated with International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Geneva, but operates autonomously. ICJ Kenya is registered as a Society under the Societies Act, Chapter 108, Laws of Kenya.



The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) promotes and advances human rights and the rule of law in southern Africa, primarily through strategic litigation support and capacity building. SALC provides technical and monetary support to local and regional lawyers and organizations in litigating human rights and rule of law cases in the region.  SALC also provides training in human rights and rule of law issues and facilitates networks of human rights lawyers and organizations throughout southern Africa. SALC works in the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In addition, SALC supports litigation in South African courts that advances human rights in the southern African region.


The Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.