Counterterrorism, Transnational Organized Crime & Human Rights: UNODC trains the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force

29 April 2021

NOUAKCHOTT   The first regional training session on the Human Rights Compliance Framework and judicialization for the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force was organized by UNODC, in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, Interpol and Afripol between 22-26 March 2021.

The workshop brought together thirty police and gendarme officers, including eight women, from the five G5 Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad.

The training session served to give police officers a better understanding of their role and facilitate the link between military operations by the G5 Sahel Joint Force and law enforcement by the five states. 

 

This pilot training is the culmination of the work done in the G5 Sahel to create a standardized regional training to equip the provost brigades and Specialized Investigation Units so they can effectively fight terrorism and transnational organized crime in favor of human rights.

It comes after the Niamey workshop of November 2020 during which the content, pedagogical methods and modalities of this training were agreed upon by experts from partner organizations, including UNODC.

UNODC has intervened specifically on Investigation Techniques; Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in the Sahel; International Legal Framework on Counter-Terrorism in the Sahel; Gender in Security Operations; the G5 Sahel Automated Information System; and Ethics and Integrity within the Security Forces.

UNODC's support was financed with funds from Germany within the framework of the project aimed at strengthening the criminal justice systems of Sahelian countries in order to effectively combat drug trafficking, illicit trafficking, organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the region.