The Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) organized a national workshop in Rabat, Morocco, from 29 September to 1 October 2015, under the framework of a UNODC/TPB-Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) joint initiative funded by the European Union (EU).
Twelve Moroccan criminal justice and law enforcement officers, together with seven international senior experts from France, Germany, Spain and Tunisia, as well as EUROJUST, EUROPOL and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) participated in the workshop entitled "The Use of Special Investigation Techniques to Combat Terrorism within the Framework of the Rule of Law and with Respect for Human Rights". The workshop was opened by the Deputy Chief of the EU Delegation in Morocco, and several EU Member States representatives in Rabat participated in the sessions.
The objective of the three-day workshop was to present to Moroccan criminal justice and law enforcement officials relevant judicial frameworks, mechanisms, challenges and best practices in using special investigation techniques in terrorism related cases with full respect for human rights and the rule of law.
In particular, through interactive discussions and presentations illustrated by concrete cases and case studies, participants and experts discussed various issues related to:
Participants and experts analyzed the mechanisms to ensure effectiveness of those techniques while respecting the rule of law, as well as the potential application of the good practices highlighted during the seminar to the Moroccan system.
The UNODC-CTED initiative funded by the EU was launched in June 2014 and aims at strengthening the capacity of countries in the Maghreb region, especially Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, in investigating and prosecuting counter-terrorism cases while respecting human rights and the rule of law.