Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules)

18 July, 2016 - Background: This year marks the first celebration of the Nelson Mandela International Day. In memory of Nelson Mandela, UNODC Regional Office in Eastern Africa (ROEA) would like to contribute to the celebration by highlighting the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.  The UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/175 in December 2015 revised the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and also approved that the rules should be known as the "Nelson Mandela Rules". This was done in order to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa who spent 27 years in prison and fought for global human rights, democracy and the promotion of culture of peace.

The General Assembly, in operation with paragraph 7 of resolution A/RES/70/175 also decided " ... to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day, observed each year on 18 July, to be also utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance, and to this end invites Member States, regional organizations and organizations of the United Nations system to celebrate this occasion in an appropriate manner". Read More

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Bolstering Skills to Combat Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in Ethiopia.

11 July 2016 - A year after a landmark legislation against trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling was passed in the Ethiopian Parliament, UNODC is determined in its efforts to spur legal practitioners to implement the new text. With this goal in mind, between the last week of June and the first week of July it conducted two rounds of workshops in Addis Ababa to shed light on the potential for implementation of the new law to fight traffickers and smugglers.

UNODC, which had an instrumental advisory role in drawing up the new law, trained close to 60 prosecutors, judges and police investigators in an array of tools to heighten the combat against this scourge. Read more

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UNODC and Eastern Africa Officials hold the Technical advisory Meeting for the new Regional Programme 2016-2021 in Nairobi.

22 June 2016  - Press Release: The draft New Regional Programme (RP) entitled: "Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Security in Eastern Africa (2016-21)" was officially endorsed by Ambassadors based in Nairobi, Senior Officials of the 13 countries in the Eastern Africa Region, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), at a Technical Advisory Meeting held at the UNON compound.The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. José Vila del Castillo, UNODC Regional Representative, and Honorable Professor Githu Muigai, Attorney General of the Democratic Republic of Kenya. Issues pertaining to the rule of law and human security in the region were discussed and the participants thanked UNODC for the efforts it has made so far in supporting the Member States in tackling these challenges. The draft RP document was discussed and comments were acknowledged. The comments will be used to enrich the content of the finalized version.

The establishment of a Steering Committee that would serve as governing body for the new RP was welcomed by the Member States. Furthermore, the draft Terms of Reference, which will guide the Committee's work, was also endorsed with proposed amendments. The meeting additionally endorsed the Ministerial meeting for the launch of the new RP, which will be attended by Mr. Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, Ministers of Justice and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors based in Nairobi. The date of the launch, Monday 29 August 2016, was agreed upon. Read More

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UNODC and Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) Sign MoU to Step up the Fight Against Wildlife and Forest Crime 

27 May 2016  - Press Release: Today in Nairobi alongside UNEA2, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime through its Global Programme for Combatting Wildlife and Forest Crime (UNODC GP-WLFC), and the Nairobi-based Lusaka Agreement Task Force on Co-operative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora (LATF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral cooperation in combating wildlife and forest crime in Africa.

The MOU will provide a framework of cooperation and understanding, and facilitate collaboration between UNODC and LATF to further their shared goals and objectives in regard to the fight against wildlife and forest crime. This is a culmination of an on-going relationship between LATF and the UNODC in supporting member states wildlife and forest conservation efforts to the benefit of the environment, national and local economies, livelihoods of the people and global community. Read More

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The nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crime in Eastern Africa.

25 May 2016  - Vienna: Although neither a new phenomenon nor a generally established or homogeneous trend, a convergence between terrorism and transnational organized crime in various ways - including in the Eastern Africa region - requires a common and transnational response. This was the conclusion of the panel at a high-level side event jointly organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern African (ROEA) and the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) at last week's Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

The side event on 25 May focused on the complexity and various linkages, but also a strategy and regional programme activities to negate the convergence between terrorism and transnational organized crime in Eastern Africa. The distinguished panel included the Attorney-General of Kenya, Hon.Prof. Githu Muigai; the Director of Counter-Terrorism for Interpol, Mr. Pierre St-Hilaire; and UNODC 's own Chief of the Terrorism Prevention Branch, Mr. Trevor Rajah, and the Head of the Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism Prevention pillars for the UNODC Regional Office in Eastern Africa, Mr. Johan Kruger. Read More

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