Terrorism Prevention and Eastern Africa

Terrorism undermines the core values of the United Nations - the rule of law, respect for human rights, protection of civilians, tolerance among people and nations, and overall development.

Confronted by the operations of Al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups, Eastern African countries - especially those in the Horn of Africa - face major counter-terrorism challenges. Significantly increased concerted efforts are necessary to overcome those challenges. Rule of law-based and human rights-compliant criminal justice measures are an essential element of an effective counter-terrorism strategy. 

Since 2003, UNODC has been a key provider of specialized expertise in counter-terrorism and has been assisting Eastern African countries in this regard. Through this Sub-Programme, UNODC seeks to reinforce its counter-terrorism assistance to the countries in Eastern Africa, under the framework of UNODC's Thematic Programme on Terrorism Prevention, and delivered jointly by the Regional Office and the Terrorism Prevention Branch.