UNODC Supports Libya's Criminal Justice Reform

16th May 2017 - Algiers, Algeria

In its efforts to provide ongoing support to the criminal justice reform in Libya, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with the Libyan and Algerian Ministries of Justice, and with the generous support of the Government of Japan, undertook an official visit to Algiers on 16 - 18 May 2017. The purpose of the mission was to meet with the leadership of the Algerian Prisons and Reintegration Administration so as to exchange views on possible cooperation and to benefit from the Algerian experience in prison management. The Libyan delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Justice, Abdulrahman Abubreq, accompanied by the Director of the Judicial Police and Head of the Human Resources and Training Department of the Judicial Police.

The mission ended on a positive note as an agreement was reached to provide a comprehensive training package including training for trainers, to be delivered by the experts of the Algerian National School for Prison Management and UNODC Prison experts to a core cadre of Libyan Judicial Police Officers.

Once graduated, the Libyan officials are expected to join the Judicial Police training institutes in Libya. The cooperation with the Ministry of Justice in Libya aims at developing the criminal justice system including Prison Reform, in accordance with Libya's obligations under relevant international conventions and in line with Libya's national priorities in the context of the rule of law and respect for human rights.