AU expresses deep concern over upsurge in transnational organized crimes in Africa

African Union headquarters
African Union headquarter

The African Union (AU) has expressed its deep concern over the upsurge in transnational organized crimes in the African continent.

The AU’s Peace and Security Council in a meeting outcome communique issued Monday said the Council is “concerned about the upsurge of drugs and human trafficking, piracy, cyber-crimes, illicit financial flows, illegal logging and fishing as well as the increasing use of new information and communication technologies, including artificial intelligence by criminal networks and terrorist groups.

It further expressed concern over the nexus between transnational organized crimes with banditry, activities of non-state armed groups, and terrorist organizations, as well as its devastating impact on national economic development and the general well-being of the African people.

The council called on member countries to promulgate necessary legislative and judicial measures to combat money laundering and illicit financial flows, strengthen weapons management to mitigate illicit proliferation and circulation as well as promote joint border management and the recovery of misappropriated natural resources.

The council emphasized the need for comprehensive approaches to addressing the root causes and enablers of transnational organized crimes, such as porous borders, payment of ransom, the financing of terrorism and violent extremism.

It underscored the need for increased financial and technical assistance at the continental and international level, to support the police agencies of the AU member countries in their efforts to prevent and fight transnational organized crime and terrorism. Enditem

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