The Africa Prosecutors Association (APA), an organization of 30 African prosecution authorities, was established in 2003 to enhance cooperation between prosecution agencies and authorities in Africa. The APA convenes annually to entrench its objectives and address the growing challenges facing African prosecutors.
On this perspective, AGA-Africa Programme addressed a session on human trafficking at the 14th Annual Africa Prosecutors Association (APA) conference themed “Africa upholding the Rule of Law in fighting Transnational Crimes and Genocide” on 2nd – 5th December, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The plenary session was attended by over 500 participants including prosecutors and other justice, law and order sector stakeholders from 17 APA member countries which included Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, cape Verde, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Niger, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The conference was presided over by Hon. Johnston Busingye the Minister of Justice of Rwanda, Hon. Counsel Hamada El Sawi the Prosecutor General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in his capacity as the President of the African Prosecutors Association (APA) and Aimable Havugiyaremye the Prosecutor General, Rwanda. AGA-Africa Programme facilitator Anita Nyanjong, Program Manager for Equality Now led a session on Combating Human trafficking in Africa. She highlighted the forms of modern day slavery which include forced labor, debt bondage or bonded labor, human trafficking, descent-based slavery and child slavery noting that an estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery and that African countries need to combine efforts to fight the trafficking menace.