Fighting Impunity and Ensuring Accountability in East Africa
The East African region continues to face challenges relating to the investigation and prosecution of international and transnational organised crimes, which have become more complex and increasingly transnational in nature. Addressing impunity in the region thus calls for planning and action beyond the strict confines of state borders, and a response by justice systems that is both transnationally and regionally coherent. Such an approach will require law enforcement and judicial authorities to leverage all possible areas of cooperation, in order to enhance regional and international criminal justice, border security, and law enforcement standards and norms. Coordination among national agencies in the region should be improved, so that they can work together in a seamlessly integrated manner. There is an evident need for a mechanism capable of bridging the divide between the different actors in the criminal justice system, ranging from investigators and prosecutors all the way across to judges.