GCTF’s Horn of Africa Capacity Building Working Group’s Sixth Plenary Meeting

Apr 06 2017
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The IIJ contributed to the GCTF’s Horn of Africa (HOA) Capacity Building Working Group’s Sixth Plenary Meeting convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 6 April 2017. The meeting, co-chaired by Turkey and the European Union, brought together representatives from GCTF Members and non-members, HOA countries, United Nations bodies, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the three GCTF-inspired institutions. The IIJ presented on its work and partnerships in the region having trained more than 200 practitioners in the HOA. IIJ programs allowed for an exchange of best practices on the adjudication of terrorism cases, and served to improve knowledge on application of MLA and other legal instruments and to raise awareness on issues such as how to handle terrorism cases involving juvenile justice, radicalization in prisons and alternatives to detention. The IIJ also participated in the Workshop on the Role of Law Enforcement in Relation to Preventive Actions to Counter Terrorism that preceded the Plenary from 4-5 April 2017 and presented in the session on Preventive Actions by the Judiciary by way of Implementing Principles of Rule of Law and Due Process. On the occasion of the visit to Addis Ababa, Reinhard Uhrig signed a contract with the EU Delegation in Ethiopia for a 16-month legal training project exclusively for Ethiopian judges, investigators, public defenders and private lawyers with the overarching aim of producing a more accountable and more efficient justice system and heightening public trust in the rule of law.