On 26 May 2021, the third webinar the 4-Module Series titled Trafficking in Human Beings: The 4Ps Revisited was organised by the Khartoum Process Secretariat in coordination with the Khartoum Process Chair, The Netherlands.
This third webinar addressed the topic of Prosecution, with a focus on international cooperation.
Over 100 delegates joined experts from the region and from international organisations in exploring good practices and current challenges linked to the issue of prosecuting human traffickers.
Mr. Johan Kruger, Head of Transnational Organised Crime, Illicit Trafficking & Terrorism Programmes for Eastern Africa, UNODC, set the scene for the discussion by providing a brief overview on the recent developments in the region with regards to ongoing efforts to investigate and prosecute traffickers, as well as current challenges.
His keynote presentation was followed by a first session on joint regional and international investigations and cooperation, with Mr Guy Fourmage, ROCK Technical Advisor, presenting the experience of the Regional Operational Centre in Support of the Khartoum Process and the AU-Horn of Africa Initiative (ROCK). The presentation focused on the rationale behind the ROCK, its modus operandi and some of its achievements to date. Ms Annalisa Pauciullo, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Regional Office for Western and Eastern Africa, UNODC, gave an overview of the Liaison Magistrate Initiative, designed to foster judicial cooperation through the deployment of prosecutors among African and European states.
The second session looked at concrete ways of supporting more efficient investigations and prosecution through building capacity for response, specifically for law enforcement and judiciary. Ambassador Naela Gabr, Chairperson of the National Coordinating Committee for Preventing and Combating Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons, Egypt, spoke about the Egyptian experience with training law enforcement officials and the judiciary to enhance capacity for prosecution, with a focus on operational activities and specific practices that could be replicated more broadly. Mr. Marco Bufo, CIVIPOL Regional Coordinator and Team Leader for the Better Migration Management (BMM) Programme, outlined some concrete work done on integrating capacity building for investigation of human trafficking and migrant smuggling into Police Academy training.
The webinar was further enriched by contributions from the attendees, some of them contributing with examples from their own daily work addressing the challenges of human trafficking or highlighting remaining gaps and further areas of work.