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Survey of maritime pirates spotlights poverty motive, threat of world's navies

Somali Prison Survey Report. Photo: UNODC 3 September 2015 - A recently released survey of prison inmates convicted of maritime piracy has named poverty as one of the driving reasons for their criminal actions. Conducted by UNODC in collaboration with the NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), the informal survey questioned 66 maritime pirates at prisons in Somaliland, Puntland, and the Seychelles. The survey included sections on the pirates' motivation, the perception of threats, piracy deterrence and life after prison. Read More


UNODC's crime classification: a key tool against criminal activities worldwide

International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes. Photo: UNODC 14 August 2015 - When people need to talk about crime at the international level, there is a multitude of terms and concepts which are hard to compare, and which prevent a common understanding and measurement of criminal activities. Language is only part of the problem (for example, the Spanish term robo  can be translated into English both as  robbery  or  theft ). The differences in legal definitions and statistical categories are even more sensitive. Data on intentional homicides , for example, may include involuntary manslaughter in one country but not in another; kidnapping  may include the abduction of minors or not; and concepts such as  cybercrime  or  trafficking in protected species  may or may not be included in the crime statistics of different countries. Read More


 UNODC, HAART and PAWA254 celebrate the World Day against Trafficking in Persons in Nairobi

Somali Prison Survey Report. Photo: UNODC22 July 2015 - On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the UNODC Regional Office for East Africa (ROEA) is organizing an awareness-raising event on Trafficking in Persons in partnership with a local NGO and an art center in Nairobi.

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking. In 2014, the UN General Assembly decided to designate the 30th of July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons," in the context of the need for raising awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights" (UNGA Resolution A/RES/68/192).  Read more


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