News from UNODC - Eastern Africa

Lamu Service Week Brings Justice Closer to Marginalized Kenyans

Lamu - 22 March 2019: The people of Lamu County on Kenya's coast have this week benefitted from a justice service week featuring cooperation between 15 criminal justice agencies, non-governmental organizations and development partners. Led by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Lamu Service Week involved intensive legal support and information to clear the backlog of criminal cases and improve citizens' access to, and understanding of, criminal justice services. Read More...

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UNODC Inaugurates Mogadishu Prison, Court Complex in Latest Support to Somalia

Mogadishu - 25 February 2019: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) marked another milestone in its support to Somalia with the inauguration of the Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex (MPCC), a key part of the Federal Government's response to terrorism and one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in the country.

Since 2010 UNODC's Regional Office for Eastern Africa has been working in the most challenging locations around Somalia to deliver both the infrastructure and the technical assistance to help the Federal and regional authorities deliver justice for those accused of piracy, terrorism and other forms of serious organised crime. Read More...

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Call for Submissions on Landmark Alternative Justice System Policy

Nairobi - 8 February 2019: The taskforce mandated to develop an Alternative Justice System (AJS) policy in support of Kenya's Constitution is calling for contributions from the public and other stakeholders. The Taskforce on Traditional, Informal and Other Mechanisms Used to Access Justice in Kenya (Alternative Justice System) is consulting widely as it develops a policy on AJS with a view to enhancing access to, and expeditious delivery of, justice for all citizens. Read More...

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UNODC Strengthens Intelligence and Investigation Capabilities to Fight Terrorism in Eastern Africa

Nairobi - December 2018: This week in Nairobi, UNODC continued its commitment to supporting Member States in Eastern Africa to prevent terrorism and to bring terrorists to justice by strengthening the investigation and intelligence capacities of law enforcement agencies. Funded by the Federal Government of the Republic of Germany, UNODC brought together criminal justice officials from 10 Eastern African countries for a regional workshop on intelligence-led policing, digital evidence collection and regional cooperation. The activity forms part of ongoing terrorism prevention activities being implemented by UNODC as part of its Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021). These activities also include national capacity building and advisory activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Read More...

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Life Skills-Based Training Empowers Juveniles to Self-Esteem at Dagoretti Rehabilitation Centre

Nairobi - December 2018: Engaging juvenile offenders with education and skills-based training is an integral component of successful rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community. Article 40(1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) stipulates that reintegration should be the primary objective of the juvenile justice system. State Parties to the convention should therefore consider community-based approaches to crime that offer opportunities for the juvenile justice system to communicate censure of the crime while establishing in a young offender a sense of connectedness to the community. Failure to rehabilitate and effectively reintegrate child offenders predisposes them to criminality in adulthood and undermines the possibility of them leading productive lives. In Kenya, research has revealed that many adult offenders in prisons first began engaging in crime as juveniles. Read More...

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