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UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme hosts an event on Countering Narcotics Trafficking in the Indian Ocean

Group Photo - Uganda Vienna, 15 May 2018 - The last four years has seen a major shift in trafficking patterns of narcotics across the Indian Ocean from the Makran to the Swahili Coast. The number of seizures in the Indian Ocean have increased and landings on the East Coast of Africa are moving further south from Kenya and Tanzania to Mozambique.

During the CCPCJ in Vienna, UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) hosted an event on Countering Narcotics Trafficking in the Indian Ocean to discuss the possibilities of a legal finish to prosecute the crime of drug trafficking. The current maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean, supported by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), are clearly disrupting the perpetrators by seizing and disposal of the narcotics at sea. However, to achieve a deterrent effect on drug trafficking it is necessary to pursue legal action to ensure proper legal finish to prosecute the perpetrators.

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UNODC Participates in Ministerial Regional Conference on Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Group Photo - Uganda Mauritius, 28 April - Nations within the Western Indian Ocean Region share a common desire to combat trafficking in persons, drug trafficking, illicit financial flows and terrorism within the region. The battle against these aforementioned areas of concern requires strong institutional frameworks, regional cooperation and specialised expertise.

Accordingly, between the 26 th and 29 th of April, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Mauritius Mr. Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, hosted a three-day Ministerial Regional Conference on Maritime Security in Mauritius in order to encourage and permit key parties and organizations to share valuable information from their specialised areas of expertise related to transnational crime. The purpose of the conference was to provide various influential actors with a platform to share valuable information on the current state of the region and the ongoing activities of the key regional organizations.  Read More

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UNODC and UNMICT Improving Proactive Fugitive Tracking in Eastern Africa

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NAIROBI, 24 April 2018 - The complex nature of transnational organized crime, terrorism, genocide and crimes against humanity, and the fast-evolving tracking technologies require regular specialized training to ensure that law enforcement officers acquire the most up-to-date and advanced tracking skills. It also requires effective international cooperation in criminal matters, including mutual legal assistance, extradition as well as joint investigations, joint operations and sharing of intelligence.

Accordingly, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the Office of the Prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UNMICT) and INTERPOL, recently presented a regional Training Workshop on Proactive Fugitive Tracking in Eastern Africa from 24-26 April 2018 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More

 

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