Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

UNODC Presents First Training for Law Enforcement Officials in Eritrea on Countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

Group Photo - Uganda Asmara, June 2018 - UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), together with the Government of Eritrea, recently presented the first training for 30 law enforcement officials in Eritrea on countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. The 5-day training workshop was organized within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021) and its Sub-Programme on Countering Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking, including activities on "Strengthening the Human and Institutional Capacity of the Government of Eritrea to Fight against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants" funded by the United Kingdom, and the Better Migration Management (BMM) Programme funded by the European Union and GIZ (read more about the BMM Programme at https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/node/1057 and https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/40602.html).

The objective of the workshop, which was presented from 4 - 8 June 2018 in Asmara, was to enhance the knowledge of law enforcement officials to identify, investigate and counter Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, whilst simultaneously ensuring a victim-centred approach and due consideration for the rights of migrants. Read More

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UNODC Training Tackles Fair Trial and Witness Protection Questions in Terrorism Cases

Group Photo - Uganda Nairobi, Kenya, June 2018 - 25 Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) officers, prosecutors, defence counsel, officials from Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and of justice sector training institutions, recently completed a 3-day training workshop on human rights aspects of the investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases in Kenya.

The training workshop funded by the Government of Canada and organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) and UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) from 11-13 June in Nairobi, made use of a customised training tool for criminal justice sector training institutions in Kenya - the Kenya Training Manual on Human Rights and Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism - which was developed jointly by UNODC and Kenyan experts ( https://www.unodc.org/documents/terrorism/Publications/Kenya%20HR%20manual/Kenya_Manual_e-book.pdf).

During the opening of the workshop, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Counter terrorism Division in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Mr. Edwin Okello, stressed the importance of respecting human rights in the investigation of terrorism cases. This, he asserted, ensured that cases do not fail at trial due to human rights related challenges. Read More

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UNODC Launches 2018 World Drug Report in Nairobi

Group Photo - Uganda Nairobi, 26 June 2018 - Annually, on the 26 th June, the world as a collective community, celebrates the International Day Against Drug Abuse. Against this backdrop, UNODC hosted a high-level Conference launching the 2018 World Drug Report, the most modern version of an annual keynote report published by the UNODC. The global launch of this flagship document was carried out in four international hubs: Nairobi, Vienna, New York and Geneva. This is the first time that the UNODC Regional Office for East Africa (ROEA) has been a global hub for the launch, and stands as a significant marker of the growth of this Office and UN activity within the region.

The large-scale event hosted 151 attendees sourced from civil society, parliament, the diplomatic community and numerous educational institutions. The event was broken down into two groups of presentations, the first of which articulated the nature and context of the drug problem, and was headlined by Honorable Senator Johnson Sakaja, Regional Representative Amado Philip de Andrés, Deputy Solicitor General Marisella Ouma and, in her final global event before departing from her current role, United Nations Office at Nairobi Director-General, Sahle-Work Zewde. Read More

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