Torture in South Africa: Exploring Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment Through the Media

Torture in South Africa: Exploring Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment Through the Media

This study sets out to explore the violent acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment (also referred to as ill-treatment) as reported in the South African print media. It brings to the foreground two primary ideas: Firstly the nature of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CIDT) in post-apartheid South Africa. Secondly, it explores how the media portrays acts of torture and CIDT. The conclusion then covers recommendations focused on the role players ,the media and activists as well as legislative and policy innovations.

 

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Amanda Dissel
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Amanda Dissel is an independent consultant in criminal justice and violence prevention issues. This research was conducted while she was Criminal Justice Programme Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). She has published on issues of human rights, conditions and treatment of detainees in prisons and police stations, juvenile and child justice, and violent crime.

Steffen Jensen
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Steffen Jensen is a senior researcher at the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture (DIGNITY), a Danish institute that treats refugees who have survived torture and undertakes research in torture and torture sequelae.

Sandra Roberts
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Sandra Roberts is the Research Manager for Media Monitoring Africa. She has her Masters cum laude in Sociology with a dissertation on HIV and identity and is currently reading her doctorate on Mozambican migrants in Johannesburg at the University of Johannesburg.

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