Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

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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UNODC holds the Technical advisory Meeting for the new Regional Programme 2016-2021 in Nairobi.

22 June 2016  - Press Release: The draft New Regional Programme (RP) entitled: "Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Security in Eastern Africa (2016-21)" was officially endorsed by Ambassadors based in Nairobi, Senior Officials of the 13 countries in the Eastern Africa Region, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), at a Technical Advisory Meeting held at the UNON compound.The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. José Vila del Castillo, UNODC Regional Representative, and Honorable Professor Githu Muigai, Attorney General of the Democratic Republic of Kenya. Issues pertaining to the rule of law and human security in the region were discussed and the participants thanked UNODC for the efforts it has made so far in supporting the Member States in tackling these challenges. The draft RP document was discussed and comments were acknowledged. The comments will be used to enrich the content of the finalized version.

The establishment of a Steering Committee that would serve as governing body for the new RP was welcomed by the Member States. Furthermore, the draft Terms of Reference, which will guide the Committee's work, was also endorsed with proposed amendments. The meeting additionally endorsed the Ministerial meeting for the launch of the new RP, which will be attended by Mr. Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, Ministers of Justice and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors based in Nairobi. The date of the launch, Monday 29 August 2016, was agreed upon. Read More

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