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Somalia Criminal Investigation Department Receives Equipment to Counter Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

Nairobi, 19 November 2020

UNODC recently presented two vehicles and other equipment...

Children in conflict with the law feature in first exhibition

Nairobi, 17 November 2020

Powerful artworks by children expressing their experiences of Kenya's juvenile justice system, lessons learnt and hopes for the future will feature in...

Twenty Years Later The United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and Eastern Africa

Nairobi, 15 November 2020

Twenty years ago, the General Assembly noted with deep concern...

UNODC and Ethiopia Join Forces to End Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

Nairobi, 12 November 2020

Every year, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked and exploited...

UNODC and Regional Counter-Terrorism Centre Strengthens Cooperation between Police and Prisons in Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Eastern Africa

Nairobi, 11 November 2020

The Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence...

UN recognizes Kenyan champion of children's rights to justice

Nairobi, 28 October 2020

The Chairperson of Kenya's Special Task Force on Children Matters and Court of Appeal judge...

Kenya's Witness Protection Agency receives vehicles to boost its operations

Nairobi, 27 October 2020

The protection of threatened witnesses in Kenya has today received a boost with the handing over...

Combatting Trafficking in Persons in Accordance with the Principles of Islamic Law

Nairobi, 14 October 2020

UNODC recently convened a regional webinar on countering Trafficking in Persons...

East African Youth Blockchain Hackathon, a first for Eastern Africa

Nairobi, 12 October 2020

A six-week virtual hackathon was launched today to challenge young web developers ...

UNODC Providing Ongoing Assistance to Eastern African Police Amidst COVID-19

Nairobi, 8 October 2020

Major threats to peace, security and development continue to affect East Africa...

Donated computers support timely delivery of justice to children

Nairobi, 7 October 2020

The donation of 14 laptops to Kenya's Department of Children Services will directly impact the...

UNODC-GMCP on-site mentoring resumes in Kenya prisons

Nairobi, 25 September 2020

On-site support and training to prevent and counter violent extremism in Kenya prisons has resumed...

Port Security and Safety of Navigation in Kenya and Tanzania programme begins

Nairobi, 7 September 2020

UNODC has started the inception phase of the European Union-funded Port Security and Safety of...

Enhancing victim centered criminal justice responses to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Djibouti

Nairobi, 21 September 2020

On Friday, the UNODC and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Norway signed a new agreement to continue to support the Government of Djibouti ..

UNODC resuming in-person Maritime Law Enforcement capacity building with Kenya Coast Guard Service

Mombasa, 18 September 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) has been continuing capacity building through virtual means...

New USD 1.5 million Law Enforcement Project to Counter Trafficking in Persons in Ethiopia

Nairobi, 7 September 2020

UNODC and US Department of state recently concluded an agreement which will see UNODC implement a new ...

UNODC GMCP Seychelles hosts first maritime law enforcement courses aimed at combating crimes on board fishing vessels

Seychelles, 4 September 2020

Three Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) maritime law enforcement courses aimed at strengthening Seychelles capacity to counter crimes on board fishing...

Partners welcome move to mainstream alternative justice systems in Kenya

Nairobi, 27 August 2020

The launch today by Chief Justice David Maraga of a major policy to mainstream customary, or traditional, forms of justice in Kenya...

Art competition to empower children in conflict with the law

Nairobi, 20 August 2020

An art competition to empower children who are on probation under the supervision of Kenya's Probation and After Care Service has been launched...

Comoros Commits to Effectively Preventing, Suppressing and Punishing Trafficking in Persons

Moroni,Comoros 30 July 2020

Gathered within the Chamber of the Assembly of the Union of Comoros, Members of Parliament, together with Members of the Government of the Union of Comoros, joined the rest of the world ...

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Member States met virtually to discuss regional cooperation to end human trafficking in Eastern Africa

Nairobi, 30 July 2020

On the official World Day Against Trafficking in Persons,the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa convened a virtual roundtable...

Launch of first ever online training for Kenya's National Police Service

Nairobi, 29 July 2020

To address the unique circumstances that police officers face in enforcing law and order during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Comoros accedes to Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons

Moroni, 23 July 2020

The Union of the Comoros has today become the 179th State Party to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish...

Nelson Mandela International Day: Kenya Messages

Nairobi, 18 July 2020

Messages from Kenya Prisons Service Commissioner General and UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa...

Nelson Mandela International Day: Spotlight on Kenya's first methadone dispensing clinic in a prison compound

Nairobi, 16 July 2020

It is barely three months since an Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) Clinic began operating at the Shimo La Tewa Prison...

Major donation to boost COVID-19 response in Uganda's prisons

Kampala, 30 June 2020

The Uganda Prisons Service has today received video conferencing, computer and sports equipment...

UNODC calls for better data for Africa at World Drug Report regional launch

Nairobi, 26 June 2020

The number of people globally who use drugs and who suffer from drug use disorders continues to rise, devastating...

Somali Police Force and UNODC deliver virtual investigation course

Mogadishu, 23 June 2020

The Somali Police Force and UNODC have today concluded the first Pre-Basic Investigation Pilot Course...

Handover of hygiene supplies to reinforce Kenya Prisons Service COVID-19 response

Nairobi, 19 June 2020

To support the Kenya Prisons Service to safeguard the health of prisoners and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner General of Prisons...

Building Business Integrity in Kenya: Live Session During UN Global Compacy Summit

Nairobi, 16 June 2020

Private sector business leaders and academics from Kenya yesterday joined UNODC to share their approaches to countering corruption with a global audience ...

E4J Webinar Series: Creating a virtual learning environment with Ethiopian academics and the E4J initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic

Addis Ababa, 15 June 2020

UNODC Programme Office in Ethiopia together with the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative jointly organized a webinar with 21 university lecturers ...

UNODC, GIZ and partners continue to Counter Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in the Horn of Africa

Nairobi, 9 June 2020

UNODC and GIZ recently signed a funding agreement to the value of EUR 6,5 million for UNODC to continue as implementing partner of the second phase of...

UNODC partnering with East Africa Police Chiefs to support Regional Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence

Nairobi, 8 June 2020

UNODC will be supporting the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation regional Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence (CTCoE) through a comprehensive new project...

UNODC supports Kenya's efforts in Countering Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

Nairobi, 5 June 2020

UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa recently conducted two virtual consultative workshops with the Government of Kenya on developing Standard Operating Procedures...

UNODC supporting Comoros to counter trafficking in persons

Moroni, Comoros, 28 May 2020

UNODC has this week conducted the first in a series of training sessions for senior officials of the Government of the Union of Comoros, its Human Rights...

 

Fighting COVID-19 while ignoring human rights is recipe for chaos

Nairobi, 25 May 2020

Joint opinion piece by UNODC Regional Representative Amado Philip de Andrés, OHCHR's Li Fung and UNDP Resident Representative Walid Badawi...

 

UNODC Roundtable: Responding to emerging potential maritime threat from IS in the Indian Ocean

Nairobi, 11 May 2020

More than 40 senior Maritime Law Enforcement officials from the Western Indian Ocean region have attended a virtual seminar conducted by UNODC...

 

Partners support Ethiopia to prevent COVID-19 transmission in places of detention

Addis Ababa, 8 May 2020

In Ethiopia, while there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in prisons, the uncertainty of the extent and impact of the virus...

 

Pandemic prompts innovation by Kenya's justice sector

Nairobi, 6 May 2020

With Kenya's justice sector determined to innovate in delivering justice services safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UNODC is fast-tracking...

 

Good prison health is good public health: Responding to COVID-19 in Somalia's prisons

Mogadishu, 28 April 2020

In a bid to support the Government of Somalia's COVID-19 infection, prevention and control measures, and encourage the rapid...

 

Flash Appeal launched in Kenya to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Nairobi, 13 April 2020

UNODC has jointly supported the development of a comprehensive Flash Appeal with other UN agencies and humanitarian partners...

 

Support to reduce COVID-19 risk at Kenya methadone clinics

Nairobi, 9 April 2020

UNODC has donated essential commodities to three methadone clinics on Kenya's coast to address the immediate COVID-19 prevention ...

 

UNODC supports the reintegration of girls in conflict with the law in Kenya

Nairobi, 27 February 2020

Clothing designed by 13 Kenyan girls during vocational training in their rehabilitation schools ...

 

UNODC Training Somali Police Trainers on Criminal Investigaton

Mogadishu, 6 February 2020

UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), together with the Somalia Police Force (SPF), concluded the first training-of-trainers workshop ...

Uganda develops Prisoner Classification Framework

Kampala, 25 January 2020

The Uganda Prisons Service actively engaged in the implementation of the joint global programme on “Supporting the management of violent extremist prisoners and the prevention of ...

Uganda strengthens capacity of prison officers to address violent extremism in prisons

Kampala, 24 January 2020

The Uganda Prisons Service hosted a workshop to develop and integrate preventing and countering violent extremism training courses into six modules of the Prison Academy and Teaching School ...

State of justice sector report shows Kenya on transformation track

Nairobi, 23 January 2020

Kenya's latest State of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice Report (SOJAR) reveals positive trends in the performance of the justice sector amid challenges that underline the need...

UNODC welcomes President of Kenya's renewed anti-corruption pledge

Nairobi, 17 January 2020

A renewed pledge by the President of the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, to fight corruption has been welcomed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ...

Addressing violence against women and girls in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, 12 January 2020

Despite some progress, violence against women and girls is still a serious problem in Ethiopia and one which is fuelled by persistent gender-biased attitudes ...

Strengthening the Cooperation Between Stakeholders in Addressing Criminal Justice Reforms

Naivasha, 14-15 November 2019

Over 150 criminal justice actors and experts gathered in Naivasha to discuss criminal justice reforms in the country.The first National Conference on ...

H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General kicks-off Blue Heart Campaign activities in Ethiopia at breakfast dialogue hosted by the Kingdom of Norway

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 21 October 2019

As the Government of Ethiopia launches the Blue Heart Campaign this week, 150 men and women from the Ethiopian Government, United Nations and the International community, Civil Society.......

Kenya kickstarts country-wide sensitization on diversion and plea bargaining

Mombasa, Kenya 15 October 2019

Kenya's Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) gave a media briefing today on the country's new Diversion Policy and Guidelines, and Plea Bargaining Guidelines....

Uganda, UN and EU Launch Joint Initiative to Counter Violent Extremism in Prisons

Kampala, Uganda, 20 September 2019

On 10 September Uganda took an important step in addressing violent extremism in prisons by launching a four-year initiative under the programme...

UN Delivers Workshop on Prison Classification Under Joint Global Programme to Prevent Violent Extremeism in Prisons

Kampala,Uganda, 12 September 2019

International and national experts in prosecution, legal innovation and research are in Kenya this week to share their experiences and best practices...

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Youth Exhibitioners at UNODC’s December Youth Conference Display Incredible Courage, Leadership and Determination.

Nairobi, Kenya, August 2019

At UNODC ROEA ’s first Youth Conference on the Promotion of Good Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption in December of 2018, youth exhibitioners under the...

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Education for Justice hosts Summer Workshops for University and Secondary School Students in Nairobi and Kwale.

Nairobi, Kenya, August 2019

The E4J initiative aims to equip youth with the knowledge and tools to cultivate a culture of lawfulness, enhance access to justice and build skills for community...

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