Torture: France Based Organisation Trains Judicial Officials, Security Agents, Others in Kaduna
By ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
Avocats Sans Frontieres (ASF), Tuesday commences a 3-days training programme for judicial officials, security agents, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and media practitioners on “Promoting the United Nations Convention Against Torture in Nigeria”.
The France based organisation, which is also known as Lawyers Without Borders France, has been providing legal support to Nigeria defendants and inmates who have been denied their right to fair trial or exposed to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatments.
Speak at the opening of the training in Kaduna, head of office, ASF, Nigeria, Angela Uwandu, said, “ASF France and its partners, the National Human Rights Commission and Human Right Institute, have reinforced their commitment to expunge torture from the system in Nigeria”.
She explained that since 2001, ASF France has assisted in the defence of Human Right, saying that ASF, along with several other legal organizations, work for the recognition of human rights, such as presumption of innocence, right to a fair trial, implementation of the rule of law, and right to a counsel.
Parts of the training objectives is to building the capacity of the participants in the justice system on anti-torture mechanisms and create an effective system of protection for torture victims in Nigeria.
Uwandu, noted that in order to achieve the said objectives of the organisation , ASF France had assisted the local lawyers in the defence of critical cases and provides lawyers around the world with various types of training.
In her remarks, Chief Judge of Kaduna State, Hon. Justice Tanimu Zailani, represented by Murtala Jafaru described the training as a necessity for stakeholders in the judicial sector, urging participants to take full advantage of the training.
According to Hon. Justice Zailani, “The targeted participants are judicial actors in Kaduna with the aim that at the end, the stakeholders will be trained on the UN convention against torture and other human right instruments that guarantee the right of individuals particularly against torture.”
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