5 STEP PROCESS
The Forensic DNA Policy Board for Africa is a critical initiative aimed at formulating a comprehensive framework for DNA legislation to be embraced by African nations. This strategic effort seeks to empower countries in the region to develop robust DNA policies, thereby bolstering the effective application of forensic DNA profiling within their criminal justice systems and for humanitarian objectives.
Through collaborative efforts and expertise from diverse stakeholders, the Board is dedicated to crafting a set of guidelines and best practices tailored to the unique contexts of African countries. By fostering an inclusive and participatory approach, the Board endeavors to address various challenges while ensuring the ethical and responsible utilisation of DNA technology.
The primary focus of this endeavor is to strengthen the capabilities of law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories, equipping them with the necessary tools and standards to improve the quality and reliability of DNA analysis. Moreover, the resulting legislation aims to foster international co-operation in cross-border cases, providing a unified approach to forensic DNA exchange and utilisation among African nations.
In parallel, the framework will emphasize the humanitarian aspect, enabling the use of DNA profiling for purposes such as resolving missing persons' cases, reuniting families, and identifying victims of disasters or conflict situations. By placing a strong emphasis on safeguarding privacy and data protection, the Board aims to build public trust and confidence in the application of DNA technology for humanitarian missions.
The Forensic DNA Policy Board for Africa firmly believes that implementing consistent, transparent, and accountable DNA legislation will play a pivotal role in enhancing criminal investigations, promoting justice, and advancing humanitarian causes across the continent. This unified approach will mark a significant milestone in strengthening Africa's forensic DNA capabilities, thereby contributing to a safer and more just society for all.
Our Goal is to Advance Forensic DNA Profiling in African Criminal Justice and Humanitarian Efforts
through a 5-Step Process
ADOPT DNA POLICIES
Identify published articles that assess the role and significance of DNA legislation and policies in regulating and enhancing the utilisation of forensic DNA within the criminal justice system.
DRAFT DNA LAWS
Provide a draft DNA policy document that administrations in Africa can utilise as a foundation for their own policy development and specific needs.
ALIGN DNA REGULATIONS
Provide a draft legislative framework for administrations in Africa to use as a basis for developing their own DNA laws, ensuring alignment with their existing legislation and serving their unique purposes and requirements.
Provide guidelines for standard operating procedures for the custody of forensic databases.
SHARE DNA RESOURCES
Draft a working document including 1-4 above, which can be presented to the African Union Commission or similar organisations for endorsement for use in Africa.