Transparency International has published a report concerned with 9 countries in Latin America and West Africa which are located along the so-called cocaine route assessed criminal justice institutions tasked with the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of organised crime cases to identify integrity, accountability and transparency gaps, and to advocate for policy reforms. The countries are Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru and Venezuela in Latin America, and Ghana and Nigeria in West Africa. This report presents the main trends emerging from the national assessments and provides recommendations on priorities for reform. One of the report’s key findings is that inadequate protections for witnesses and victims of organised crime, as well as inadequate threat management systems for law enforcement officials, was one of the most critical gaps across the majority of countries for investigation and prosecution institutions (i.e. Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nigeria, Panama, Peru and Venezuela). The report makes a number of recommendations, both generally and specific to particular countries.
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