Migrant smuggling and human trafficking in the Sahel tops UNODC workshop agenda

In order to tackle human rights violations and the increasing death toll related to human trafficking and migrant smuggling, UNODC organized a training workshop with the police and gendarmerie academies of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. The workshop was described by the participants as a necessary instrument to strengthen the response capacity of police officers on the ground. Read More

UNODC strengthens Niger's investigation and prosecution capacity of terrorism-related cases

From 12 to 15 May, UNODC organized a national training workshop to strengthen Nigerien officials' investigation and prosecution capacity of terrorism-related cases. The activity was delivered to Nigerien magistrates and judicial police officers, especially those residing outside the capital, to solidify their knowledge of anti-terrorist investigation techniques and related international instruments. Read More

Niger becomes the first Sahel country to legislate against migrant smuggling

In recent months, there has been a significant increase in the number of people trying to reach European coasts as a result of conflict or lack of opportunity in their country of origin. As a response to rising security and humanitarian concerns in the region, the Nigerien government drafted a law against migrant smuggling with technical and financial assistance from UNODC. The law was adopted on 11 May 2015. Read More

UNODC commits to support the G5 Sahel to combat terrorism and radicalization

The Interior Ministers of the G5 Sahel Member States met on 14 May 2015 in Niamey, Niger, to intensify their cooperation in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and radicalization in the Sahel region. The G5 Sahel, comprising of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, is an institutional framework created in December 2014 to coordinate development and security policies of the region. Read More

A newly established Canine Unit to enhance drugs detection capacities of Cabo Verde

A joint UNODC – European Union delegation visited the new Canine Unit of Praia's airport Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force, in Cabo Verde, which is fully operational since March. All three dogs (Fly, Edison and Inca), donated by Italy, are deployed daily in the capital’s airport in search for suspicious cargo and luggage, strengthening the country's drug detection capacities. Read More

African Union leaders agree to strengthen the fight against wildlife and forest crime

On 27-30 April, the International Conference on Illegal Exploitation and Illicit Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa was held in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo. Bringing together a number of African heads of state and high level representatives, the meeting culminated in the adoption of a common strategy to strengthen the fight against wildlife and forest crime. Read More

UNODC and DPKO collaborate to strengthen law enforcement in Mali

A series of events jointly organized between UNODC, MINUSMA and UNPOL provided Malian security forces with training on the issues of terrorism, organized crime and gender-based violence. UNODC and DPKO staff in Mali collaborate in every aspect of these activities, from carrying out assessments to designing and implementing training workshops and curricula. Read More

UNODC promotes deradicalization and reintegration for detainees in Niger

On 28-30 April, UNODC organized an interdisciplinary workshop on the safety of high-risk detainees to support the review of the national plan for the reintegration of prisoners. Attended by representatives from various ministries, the meeting sought to strengthen the conceptual framework of prisoners' rehabilitation, preparation before release and community support. Read More

UNODC continues countering drug trafficking by implementing JAITFs across the world

As part of its continued support to counter illicit trafficking across the world, UNODC organized the 4th International Annual Meeting of the AIRCOP Project in Panama City, from 21 to 23 April. The meeting brought together over 60 participants from 35 countries to share intelligence, experiences, good practices, and strengthen the capacity of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces. Read More

Senegal assesses the compliance of its anti-corruption legislation with UNCAC

On 17 April 2015, Senegal finalized the preparatory work for the self-assessment of its anti-corruption legislation in the context of the review mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Participants included representatives from the National Office for the Fight against Fraud and Corruption, various ministries, oversight institutions, civil society and other stakeholders. Read More

Specialized training on human rights aspects of extradition and mutual legal assistance

To strengthen the ability of Sahel region States to successfully cooperate against terrorism while respecting human rights, UNODC and the Sahel Judicial Platform organised a specialized training on the human rights aspects of international cooperation in criminal matters. On 17-19 February 2015 the event brought together 25 officials from the region along with international experts. Read More

UNODC and the Embassy of Palestine promote Arab community engagement in the Sahel

On 7 April 2015, the Ambassadors of Arab countries in Dakar participated in a roundtable meeting organized by UNODC and the Embassy of the State of Palestine. The event brought together for the first time the representatives of more than 17 Arab countries accredited to Senegal around key themes such as security, radical extremism and humanitarian assistance. Read More

West African Ministers of Justice sign WACAP Charter to institutionalize judicial cooperation

On 23 March 2015, a high-level meeting was held in Accra, Ghana, further consolidating and institutionalizing the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors against Organised Crime (WACAP). Regrouping various Ministers of Justice and high-level representatives from the region, the event resulted in the signature of the WACAP charter. Read More

Chad strengthens legislation against human trafficking thanks to UNODC support

On 25-26 March 2015, a technical workshop was held in N’Djamena, Chad, to validate the draft law on the fight against human trafficking. Resulting from UNODC's close collaboration with the Government of Chad, the event brought together legal practitioners, academics, sociologists, members of government, civil society and international organizations. Read More

 

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