Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

Legislative initiatives on trafficking in persons in Kenya and Somalia

5 October 2015 - September was a busy month for the trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants programmes at UNODC, ROEA. In Kenya,  activities were initialized to enhance the assistance framework for victims and clarify the case reporting procedure. A consultative session was held with civil society actors to consolidate input on the structure and content of a proposed national referral mechanism aimed at enhancing victim protection and assistance.   Read More


Kisumu, Kisii and Migori Counties Welcome IPOA's Outreach Campaign

1 October 2015 - Some 1000 residents and police officers of Kisumu, Kisii and Migori Counties met with Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) on 22- 24 September to discuss police reforms in Kenya. IPOA's unprecedented outreach campaign is supported by the Police Reforms Basket Fund, through UNODC. This excursion to Kisumu, Kisii and Migori was the second of five outreach missions.

IPOA's commitment to transparency and accountability within the policing services was in evidence when IPOA board member Tom Kagwe - much to the pleasure of crowd - shared his mobile phone number with the public.  Read More


ROEA hands over Medically Assisted Therapy Clinics: New beginnings in Mombasa County

Somali Prison Survey Report. Photo: UNODC 1 October 2015 - On 11 September 2015, after much anticipation, UNODC's Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) officially handed over two new Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) clinic to the County Government of Mombasa. The day officiated by the Countie's Cabinet Secretary for Health Hon. Ms. Binti Omar, represented the start of a new response to the coastal drug problem, a plight that has claimed too many lives to date.

It is estimated that more than 18,000 people inject heroin in Kenya, with the coastal region the epicenter of the problem with some 10,000 people who inject drugs (PWID). In addition to community and security concerns, injecting drug use represents a severe public health burden for the coastal counties with problems including HIV, the risk of premature death, hepatitis B or C and other blood borne virus transmission.  Read More 


New Ethiopian Law on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

Somali Prison Survey Report. Photo: UNODC 29 September 2015 - Human trafficking and migrant smuggling are among the world's most shameful crimes, affecting every region in the world, including Eastern African countries. Most concretely in Ethiopia, the need to bolster the country's law to fight this scourge has long been seen as compelling and urgent.

That is why Ethiopia's recent passing of a comprehensive legislation against the two crimes was welcomed as good news.

UNODC - ROEA (United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime - Regional Office in Eastern Africa) joined forces with the Government to make that happened: It provided technical advice to the inter-ministry team responsible for drawing up the new text, while ensuring that this fully incorporated the international  Protocols on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized CrimeRead More


Fostering Awareness of New Ethiopian Law on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling 

Somali Prison Survey Report. Photo: UNODC 29 September 2015 - After joining hands with the Government to come up with a new legislation against trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, UNODC has set in motion pivotal activities to raise awareness and strengthen knowledge of the text among Ethiopian legal practitioners.

Some 70 prosecutors, judges and police investigators from various regions of Ethiopia were trained from 7 to 16 September on the contents of the new law as well as its potential for implementation.  Read more


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