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The Maritime Law & Human Trafficking Unit
The Maritime Law & Human Trafficking Unit is comprised of dedicated law officers who have received specialized training through conferences and workshops.
The Maritime unit considers the threats of the maritime security and provides input regarding compliance with international standards. Given that maritime crimes have evolved and that they became more widespread and complex, maritime crimes warrant adaptable enforcement solutions and robust regulatory framework which is one of the focal points of the unit.
The Unit was involved in the drafting of the Piracy and Maritime Violence Act 2011, as well as the negotiations with Puntland and the then Transitional Federal Government of Somalia leading to the signature of post-trial transfer agreements with Somalia in May 2012. It also produced Handover Guidance for naval forces operating in the region, to guide them on how to collect evidence and exhibits and how to detain suspected pirates apprehended at sea. The Unit works in close collaboration with prosecutors in the region (Kenya and Seychelles) and other bodies such as UNODC and EUCAP Nestor.
Additionally, given that trafficking in person is an alarming illegal activity and a drastic violation of human rights, Mauritius, being one of the signatories to the Palermo Convention on human trafficking, has an international obligation to comply with the requirements of the convention. This unit ensures that the laws concerning human trafficking conforms to the convention and it also tracks the progress of the prosecutions of the cases pertaining human trafficking.