UNODC organizes a national training workshop on the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism cases in Mauritania
The terrorist threat in the Sahel, including in Mauritania, has been growing in recent years. Although Mauritania has not suffered from a terrorist attack since 2011, the risk of such an attack still exists and the Mauritanian criminal justice system has to work on cases involving terrorist offenses. As a result, Mauritania has been closely collaborating with UNODC, notably in the fields of investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating terrorism cases.
In early February 2017, UNODC organized a national training workshop in Nouakchott for law enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges, in charge of handling terrorism cases. This workshop was organized thanks to the support of the government of Belgium. An experienced Belgian magistrate and a law enforcement officer were also present as experts during the workshop.
During the training, 18 participants learned from experts' experiences in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating terrorism cases, and exchanged best practices and lessons learnt. They also worked together in small groups of participants of different agencies, on a mock criminal case designed to lead them to proactively engage and find solutions to the case's problems. One of the objectives of the workshop was to make various criminal justice agencies in charge of terrorism cases work better together, by fostering their understanding of each other's work. The workshop was organized following a similar one held in October 2016, where the focus was put on human rights in investigations of terrorism cases.
Working through its Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) based in Dakar and the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), this workshop forms part of the UNODC Sahel Programme, developed as a Contribution to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel. The Programme focuses on providing capacity building support to national criminal justice system entities, in order to strengthen rule of law-based criminal justice responses to terrorism.