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The five-day workshop brought together senior practitioners from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda, working for police, law enforcement and prosecution services. The workshop was held at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Karen.
Two senior police officers (ret.) from the United Kingdom, who facilitated the workshop, emphasised that there is no one-size-fits all solution and approach to countering terrorism. Instead, it has proven useful for countries in Europe and Africa to discuss CT cases and to share experiences as well as lessons learned. Key experiences from the UK (and other EU member states) include the need for law enforcement agencies to work together and share information. Also, engagement and co-operation with the general public are recommended, as the public may have information that can be useful for the police and law enforcement, during investigations and subsequent judicial proceedings against possible suspects.
The Regional CT Law Enforcement project – Horn of Africa & Yemen is a four-year regional project, which is funded by the European Union (EU). The project is based in and works out of Nairobi, implementing a range of activities with counterpart agencies in partner countries in the Horn of Africa. The objective is to strengthen collaboration on CT issues and to organise regular policy exchanges on the topic. Key values of respect for the rule of law and international human rights inform the project and are upheld by the project as an essential basis for police investigations, prosecutorial actions and judicial proceedings.