EU P2P ATT OP workshop on "Awareness raising on ATT provisions to the Ministry of Justice in Burkina Faso"
On 20 and 21 November 2019, as part of the second phase of the European Union’s P2P ATT Outreach Project, Expertise France organised a third workshop in Burkina Faso, in cooperation with its local partner, the High Authority of Import Control of Arms and their Use (HACIAU).
Held in Ouagadougou, this workshop gathered prosecutors, deputy prosecutors, judges and court clerks from the Burkinabe Ministry of justice. Discussions addressed the following topics:
- The objectives and main provisions of the ATT, as well as its complementarities with other regional/international instruments;
- The implementation of the Treaty in Burkina Faso and its dedicated national law ratified by the President on 31 May 2019;
- The prevention and fight against diversion of conventional weapons in West Africa;
- Cooperation between officials from the administration and the justice system to enforce sanctions.
The workshop aimed to increase awareness about the ATT among officials working in the justice system and offered an opportunity to address the current steps taken to strengthen the arms transfer control system in Burkina Faso as well as some difficulties encountered.
A fourth assistance workshop is expected to take place in Ouagadougou.
The EUP2P ATT is a programme of the European Union in support of the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) co-implemented by Expertise France and BAFA. The main objectives of this programme are to promote the effective implementation of the ATT by supporting partner countries in the strengthening of their arms transfer control systems and to work towards the universal adoption of the treaty.
Point of Contact: Caroline PARQUET, Programme Coordinator