Magistrates trained on methods of prosecuting smuggling and trafficking in persons to ensure the rule of law in Mali

16-08-2020

SEGOU In Mali, smugglers and traffickers take advantage of the weakness of the judicial system and the porous borders to carry out their illegal practices,  contributing to the recurrence of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in the country. 

Twenty-five (25) magistrates, prosecutors and deputy prosecutors from different regions of the country and the District of Bamako had the opportunity to participate in a training workshop on the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.

Prosecutors and magistrates analyzed the methods and tools appropriate for the investigation and prosecution of smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons as well as the protection and respect of the rights of smuggled migrants and victims.

The identification of challenges and solutions at their workplace was also analysed to offer better prosecution of perpetrators of trafficking in persons.

After this workshop, participants had a better understanding of their essential role in law enforcement and criminal justice measures, including the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons offenses in Mali. In this way, they contribute to ensuring the rule of law, restoring justice for victims and preventing these crimes.

The workshop was organized by the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Related Practices (CNCLTP) in collaboration with UNODC, through its PROMIS project, during the training from 10 to 12 August 2020.

Despite the mobility restrictions currently in force in Mali as a result of COVID 19, UNODC supports in the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants with the firm conviction that strengthening the capacities of the actors in the criminal chain involved in the repression, prosecution and adjudication of cases can help prevent the crimes of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

The training took place within the framework of PROMIS, a joint project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - funded by the Netherlands and the Republic of Italy.

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