Human Rights: ASF France Trains Security Agencies, Media, CSOs in Kaduna

By Habila Victor, Kaduna

Lawyers Without Borders also known as Avocatss Sans Frontiéres France (ASF) on Wednesday in a statement said it has completed the second phase of training for Security Agencies, Media and CSOs in Kaduna State on Human Rights.

The statement signed by the Country Director, Angela Uwandu Uzoma-Iwuchukwu, said as part of the organization’s goals to promote the enjoyment of Human Rights in Nigeria, ASF France, in collaboration with its local partners, the Carmelite Prisoners Interest Organisation (CAPIO) and the Nigerian Bar Association held its second SAFE mission to Kaduna State.

The training for the media and CSOs took place on the 22nd – 23rd of March, 2021, the 2-day training was aimed at improving documentation and reporting of human rights violations in Kaduna state by media and CSOs. The training was conducted for 20 trainees in total drawn from journalists and CSOs practicing in Kaduna State.

“Training for security agencies took place from 12th – 14th of April, 2021; the 3-day training was aimed at increasing the level of commitment of stakeholders in taking action against human rights violations in Kaduna State. In attendance at this training were officers of the Police, EFCC, NCDC, Corrections Service, DSS, Kaduna State Vigilante Service, Nigerian Army, NDLEA.

During the deliberations, the Country Director of Avocats Sans Frontières France, Mrs. Angela, in one of her contributions stated the importance of the Anti-torture Act saying “the act criminalizes torture while protecting victims and witnesses of torture. She urged for a quick implementation of the Act to promote accountability”.

“The advocacy visits to key stakeholders in the state which took place on the 24th and 25th of March 2021, saw ASF France pay visits to; Kaduna State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Comptroller General of Corrections Service, and the Chief Judge, Kaduna State High Court.”

“In these visits, Mrs. Angela reinstated the mission of the SAFE project, provided updates on the status of its implementation, and enforced the need for the continued partnership of the stakeholders to fully achieve the goals of the project.

“The mission was rounded off with the organization of a roundtable meeting of stakeholders and security agencies in the state on the 16th of April 2021.

“The roundtable was aimed at deliberating on key human rights issues such as; challenges for the implementation of the anti-torture act, disciplinary mechanisms within security agencies for human rights violations in Kaduna State, implementation of the administration of criminal justice law in Kaduna State and other specific issues raised by participants during the trainings for security agencies and media and CSOs.” The statement added.

About 25 participants from various security agencies and key institutions in the criminal justice sector in Kaduna State constituted the roundtable deliberations.

ASF France’s SAFE project is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the French Agency for Development (AFD) and is implemented in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association and the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO).

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