Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

UNODC Supports East African Countries to Integrate Gender Dimensions in the Fight Against Terrorism

Group Photo - Uganda Nairobi, June 2018 - UNODC recently brought together officials from 8 East African Member States to strengthen their criminal justice measures against terrorism by integrating a gender perspective into those efforts.  Globally, women are increasingly impacted by and involved in the activities of terrorist groups, including as victims of sexual and gender-based violence through forced marriage, rape and other forms. Women are also perpetrators, serving as messengers, spies, smugglers, recruiters, and providers of funds.

The 3-day workshop, attended by officials from Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Somalia, sought to equip participants with a deeper understanding of the different impact counter-terrorism laws and practices have on women and men, and to ensure that women's rights are respected in the context of countering the terrorism threats in East Africa.

The international community has increasingly recognized that women and men can be vulnerable to terrorism in different ways, and that the measures that government's take against these crimes can also affect each gender differently. In this regard, Ulrich Garms, UNODC expert on terrorism and gender issues, noted that "gender integration means, for example, taking into consideration traditional gender norms and a female suspect's specific circumstances when assessing the charges and conditions of detention, including whether a de-radicalization Programme would be appropriate". Read More

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UNODC Presents First Training for Law Enforcement Officials in Eritrea on Countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

Group Photo - Uganda Asmara, June 2018 - UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), together with the Government of Eritrea, recently presented the first training for 30 law enforcement officials in Eritrea on countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. The 5-day training workshop was organized within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021) and its Sub-Programme on Countering Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking, including activities on "Strengthening the Human and Institutional Capacity of the Government of Eritrea to Fight against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants" funded by the United Kingdom, and the Better Migration Management (BMM) Programme funded by the European Union and GIZ (read more about the BMM Programme at https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/node/1057 and https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/40602.html).

The objective of the workshop, which was presented from 4 - 8 June 2018 in Asmara, was to enhance the knowledge of law enforcement officials to identify, investigate and counter Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, whilst simultaneously ensuring a victim-centred approach and due consideration for the rights of migrants. Read More

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UNODC Training Tackles Fair Trial and Witness Protection Questions in Terrorism Cases

Group Photo - Uganda Nairobi, Kenya, June 2018 - 25 Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) officers, prosecutors, defence counsel, officials from Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and of justice sector training institutions, recently completed a 3-day training workshop on human rights aspects of the investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases in Kenya.

The training workshop funded by the Government of Canada and organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) and UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) from 11-13 June in Nairobi, made use of a customised training tool for criminal justice sector training institutions in Kenya - the Kenya Training Manual on Human Rights and Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism - which was developed jointly by UNODC and Kenyan experts ( https://www.unodc.org/documents/terrorism/Publications/Kenya%20HR%20manual/Kenya_Manual_e-book.pdf).

During the opening of the workshop, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Counter terrorism Division in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Mr. Edwin Okello, stressed the importance of respecting human rights in the investigation of terrorism cases. This, he asserted, ensured that cases do not fail at trial due to human rights related challenges. Read More

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