CGCC and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Security Sector Program cohosted a four-day interactive training seminar on human rights–compliant interrogation techniques. The seminar included officials from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda drawn from the national security services, police, national counterterrorism centers, and the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force.
This seminar was the fourth in a series of meetings designed to strengthen a regional counterterrorism law enforcement network in the IGAD region. Sessions were led by experts and practitioners in the field as well as the United Nations. Training topics included the negative operational and strategic consequences of coercive interrogation methods, international human rights law and norms as they apply to interrogations, rapport building with interviewees, the advantages of noncoercive interrogation techniques, interrogation supervision and management, and special considerations regarding interrogations of vulnerable groups such as women, youth, and children.
Training participants engaged in role-playing and simulation exercises designed to allow them to practice techniques for effective noncoercive interviewing of suspects, witnesses, and victims. Participants concluded the meeting with a brainstorming session on the development of concrete steps for encouraging noncoercive interrogations in East Africa.