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Terrorism Prevention

The situation in Niger regarding terrorism remains particularly worrying, as illustrated by terrorist attacks against security and defense forces since October 2017. Despite the considerable efforts initiated at the national level and the active participation of the country in a regional response to terrorism, Niger remains vulnerable to terrorist...

20 March 2018 - Mali is facing a unique combination of threats associated with various kinds of illicit trafficking and terrorism. Disrupting the flow of funding to terrorist groups through targeted financial sanctions is one way to reduce threats in the country, which will also benefit the region.

The fight against terrorism has become a shared imperative for all G5 Sahel heads of state, to strengthen the security of their states and promote peace and development in the Sahel, but also to ensure the security of their populations. Addressing terrorist threats in the Sahel requires a coordinated response, in line with international standards...

As part of its continued support to West and Central African States, UNODC met with Mauritanian criminal justice agencies in order to strengthen their responses to terrorism. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, UNODC officials supported Mauritanian officials to identify their goals, priorities and ways to reach them. As part of this...

Niger is facing recurrent attacks in the South-East and West. The latest attacks are the deadly ambush in Tongo Tongo, South-West Niger, where Nigerien and American soldiers were killed on 5 October 2017 and the attack of a gendarmerie camp in Ayorou, Tillaberi region, 180 km North of Niamey, during which at least 13 gendarmes were killed two weeks...

The numerous security and development challenges faced by states in the region are the reason why the Sahel is a major international security concern. Sahelian States are particularly exposed to the jihadist threat, due to the combined action of several terrorist groups and organized crime networks.

Women and men can be vulnerable to transnational crime and terrorism in different ways. The measures governments adopt against crime, terrorism and violent extremism equally have a different impact on men and women. According to UN Women, "the great changes we are undergoing must primarily be understood in the context of the needs and concerns of...

Faced with the continuous rise of terrorism in the Sahel, UNODC provides judiciary assistance to the region's States in order to help them better prevent, investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism. In this context, UNODC has organized a regional workshop on the role of supreme courts in the fight against terrorism.

Terrorist threats in the Sahel region have escalated since 2012, following the worsening of the security situation in Libya and Northern Mali. The presence of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida is one of the major sources of insecurity for the region. Despite the absence of recent terrorist attacks on its soil, and partly because of Mauritania's...

Violent extremism is a growing global challenge, especially in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Weak governmental presence and low levels of security facilitate its spread, allowing groups to exert violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals. Equipping governments in the region to counter the financing of such destabilizing...

Strengthening the cooperation between law enforcement agencies within the Sahel and promoting dialogue and best practices exchange is one of the means through which UNODC assist Sahel countries fight violent extremism and organized crime. As part of the Sahel Programme, UNODC's regional office for West and Central Africa organized a three-day...

In the fight against terrorism and other forms of violent extremism, criminal justice agents are key actors. The ability of a country's criminal justice system to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate acts of terrorism is one of the strongest tools that can allow it to prevent, deter and counter future acts of terrorism.

The use of children by violent extremist groups, including terrorist organizations, is a growing concern. Often used as carriers, spies or cooks, these children are often led to commit crimes, take part in violent actions or even conduct acts of terrorism. Among the children used by violent extremist groups, many are victims of sexual violence and...

Strengthening criminal justice systems is a key aspect of comprehensive counter terrorism and counter violent extremism strategies. To fully prevent, deter, investigate and prosecute terrorism and other acts of violent extremism, national authorities must have the adequate legal framework and the proper training to face the complex challenges posed...

The cooperation of victims and witnesses is crucial to achieving successful prosecutions of criminal offenders and dismantling organized crimine groups. Yet, one of the challenges faced by many criminal justice systems in the investigation and prosecution of crime is obtaining such cooperation. This is mainly due to the fact that victims and...