West African States and Italy sign Partnership Declaration to foster international cooperation in criminal matters

6 December 2018 – The continuous influx of migrants crossing the Sahel and the Mediterranean Sea, making their way from West Africa to Europe is an issue that both West African and European governments are working to address. Among other things, the transnationality of the criminal networks involved in trafficking and smuggling of migrants makes it complex to build and adjudicate cases. An effective response therefore needs to include international judicial cooperation.

Enhanced international cooperation in criminal matters was the focus of the joint plenary meeting of the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP) and the Inter-Agency Asset Recovery Network for West Africa (ARINWA), held in Cotonou, Benin, from 20 to 23 November.

About 100 representatives of…

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