MASE

Programme to Promote Regional Maritime Security

 

PROJECT DURATION: October 2013 - June 2019

EUROPEAN UNION CONTRIBUTION (TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET): €5.000.000

LOCATION: Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Tanzania

IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS:

 

THE OBJECTIVE: 

Although there has been a recent decline in attacks, piracy off the coast of Somalia continues to inflict substantial human and financial costs and threaten the development of a stable Somalia. States in the East African and Indian Ocean are also increasingly threatened by wider maritime crime, including the trafficking of drugs, arms, people and prohibited goods; migrant smuggling; and illegal fishing.

The objective of the project is that the Criminal justice institutions in Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Tanzania are developed and/or strengthened to ensure the fair and efficient trial, and humane and secure detention, of individuals suspected or convicted of piracy or maritime crime within a sound rule of law framework and in accordance with international human rights standards. The outcome is that criminal justice institutions in those countries conduct fair and efficient trials, and humane and secure detention, of piracy or maritime crime within a sound rule of law framework and in accordance with international human rights standards.

The expected outputs: 

  1. Provision of expert and technical advice to national criminal justice institutions on legislative reform, institutional reform and interpretation/translation relating to piracy and drug trafficking at sea prosecutions;
  2. Provision of trial support services for piracy and drug trafficking at sea prosecutions including legal representations for suspects, video link services and flights of suspects who are acquitted or transferred to another jurisdiction to serve their sentence;
  3. Provision of grants to fund government services requires for piracy and drug trafficking at sea prosecutions including legal aid, transcription services and flights for repatriations and prisoner transfers
  4. Provision of equipment necessary to ensure fair and efficient trials and humane and secure detention of persons suspected or convicted piracy and drug trafficking at sea, including welfare items for foreign nationals detained in prisons (personal hygiene, devotional and educational items) and medical equipment;
  5. Delivery of training, mentoring and secondments of criminal justice staff involved in prosecuting piracy and drug trafficking at sea;
  6. Provision of travel and conference facilities for national crime justice officials to attend meetings and conferences on piracy and maritime crime;
  7. Provision of travel for prosecutors, witnesses and interpreters to attend piracy and drug trafficking trials;

The targets of the project are the criminal justice institutions of Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Tanzania which are involved in prosecuting piracy and maritime crime, namely the police/coastguard, prosecution, courts and prisons. In addition to supporting criminal justice institutions, some support will also be targeted directly at individuals being prosecuted for piracy and maritime crime in those states.

 

NEWS & EVENTS 

Periodical updates on key project events and news highlights on UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme are available here

 

CONTACT

Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Kaitlin Meredith    

Programme Coordinator, Indian Ocean Section  

Global Maritime Crime Programme 

Tel:  (+254) 205 121 586   

eMail:   kaitlin.meredith@un.org