Kampala: East African police and prosecutors discuss boosting legal cooperation in bringing terrorists to justice
The first in a series of subregional workshops for East African police and prosecutors on effectively countering terrorism and bringing terrorists to justice kicked off on 7 May 2013 in Kampala. The three-day event was organized by CTED in cooperation with the Government of Uganda and the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation.
During the workshop, law enforcement officers and prosecutors from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda discussed practical ways to enhance domestic and cross-border criminal justice cooperation to prevent and counter terrorism. Experts from the African Union’s African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism, the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, INTERPOL, the Institute for Security Studies, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s Security Sector Program, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, also participated in the event.
East African countries face a number of complex security challenges, including porous borders; limited capacity and infrastructure; the proliferation of small arms and light weapons; the increasing nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crime; and the threat of violent extremism. Stronger domestic coordination and inter-state cooperation can maximize the use of available national and regional resources to overcome these challenges.
Undertaken with the generous support of the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, this first workshop provided a platform to facilitate dialogue among practitioners from East African States, and to identify and address priority issues to strengthen national and regional capacity to counter terrorism. Participants enthusiastically endorsed the process, and expressed keen interest in maintaining contact and developing a professional network.
These workshops are inspired by the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s global initiative on bringing terrorists to justice, launched at UN Headquarters in December 2010, and the requirement posed by Security Council resolution 1373 (2001). On behalf of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, CTED works to identify assistance needs and to support the efforts of Member States to prevent and combat terrorism in accordance with the rule of law and international human rights.