Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

UNODC Executive Director, in Nairobi, highlights need for regional cooperation to promote security, development

NAIROBI/VIENNA, 29 August (UN Information Service) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, attended the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) and launched UNODC's new regional programme for Eastern Africa during a four-day visit to Nairobi, which concluded today.

In his meeting with the President, Mr Fedotov thanked President Kenyatta for Kenya's long-standing partnership with UNODC, including with the development of the new regional programme to support Eastern African countries in promoting the rule of law, and realizing security, justice and health targets under the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Regional cooperation and inclusive approaches to development are essential to confront the challenges of drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism," said Mr. Fedotov. He further emphasized that "UNODC remains committed to working with Kenya and the countries of Eastern Africa to build robust criminal justice responses to terrorism, corruption, wildlife and forest crime, maritime crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling; illicit drug trafficking and all other forms of organized crime."

During his visit, the UNODC Executive Director also met with other high-level officials from the region, and attended the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) held in Nairobi, where he addressed the session on promoting social stability for shared prosperity. Read More

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UNODC Executive Director to visit Kenya

05 August, 2016 - From the 27 th to the 28 th of August 2016, Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UNODC will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya to attend and address the 6 th Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD) and meet government officials.

The Executive Director is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. He will also meet Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and other UN officials.

The Executive Director will launch the new UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa 2016-2021 at the Tribe Hotel on 29 August. The Attorney General of Kenya, Nairobi-based ambassadors, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ministers of Justice, officials from the African Union Peace and Security Department, senior officials from the Eastern Africa region, representatives from civil society organizations and the UNODC Regional Office in Eastern Africa will be taking part in the launch. Read More

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons - Telling their Stories

30 July, 2016 - " Someone is willing to listen to me. Someone actually thinks that my opinion counts. My story is important ." Human trafficking survivor

Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) - a Nairobi based NGO - launched a new and exciting project- Arts to End Slavery in May 2015, the project is now in its second year. The purpose of the project is to create awareness on the issue of human trafficking through art. Human trafficking can be defined as the recruitment of people by deception, coercion or force for the purpose of exploitation including forced labor and sex work.

In commemoration of the 2016 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UNODC seeks to promote a better understanding and a greater engagement throughout the international community on the vulnerabilities that lie behind every case of human trafficking and the exploitation suffered by every victim of this crime. Read More

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UNODC Lays Out Paths to Advance Witness Protection in Ethiopia

23 July 2016 - A State's success in bringing criminals to justice depends for the most part on securing strong evidence. Those who would step up and give such evidence are, however, often threatened with reprisal to prevent them from speaking out. This means too many crimes go unpunished in Eastern Africa.

Putting an end to impunity is a compelling need that can be largely achieved by ensuring the safety and protection of witnesses. And while witness protection may still be viewed as the missing link in the criminal justice system, it has been increasingly recognized in the region as a means to secure justice. Read More

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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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