Mali and UNODC work together to strengthen criminal justice measures against terrorism
UNODC has in recent years reinforced its cooperation with Malian governmental institutions to strengthen their capacities to undertake effective criminal justice measures against terrorism in compliance with the rule of law.
As part of this cooperation, UNODC organized from 17 to 19 January 2017 a national training workshop on interagency cooperation in terrorism cases. Held in Bamako, this workshop was the second in a series of three training activities, all made possible through co-financing from the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).
This workshop was tailored to the newly established Specialized Law Enforcement Unit against terrorism and the Specialized Judicial Unit (in french "Pôle judiciaire spécialisé contre le terrorisme" and "Brigade d'Investigation Spécialisée (BIS)"), the two units which have the lead for handling terrorism cases in Mali. The event sought to increase the capacity and readiness of criminal justice officials to cooperate across various agencies in the criminal justice system in charge of terrorism cases, so as to conduct investigations more effectively.
The first workshop, which took place in Bamako in September 2016, was tailored to Mali's Specialized Judicial Unit and focused on issues pertaining to international cooperation in criminal matters. A third workshop, set to take place in February 2017, will target these two same units and expand the issues covered to include the connections between organized crime and terrorism.
Working through its Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) based in Dakar and the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), these partnership efforts are part of the UNODC Sahel Programme, developed as a Contribution to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel. They focus on providing capacity building support to national criminal justice system entities in charge of carrying out investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism-related cases.