Despite a particularly tense political and social context, ASF France and its partners are continuing their actions in Nigeria to improve the protection of human rights. From 11 to 16 April 2021, project manager Angela Uwandu and her assistant Jovita Membis travelled to Kaduna State to implement two activities in the framework of the SAFE project.
A 3-day training course for 25 people from the security agencies of Kaduna State (police officers, correctional services, army, etc.) on best practices in human rights was provided, in collaboration with a trainer from CAPIO, our partner in this project.
This training is in line with the one held last month for CSOs and the media, all of which have a full and complementary role in the implementation of human rights in Nigeria.
The training aims to increase their level of commitment to the fight against human rights violations and to provide them with in-depth knowledge of human rights principles and practices, including national, regional and international human rights legislation, investigation methods, filing a complaint, and new procedures relating to police arrests and detentions.
At the end of the training, training kits were distributed and officers were encouraged to organise training for their colleagues to ensure the sustainability of our action.
The mission continued with a roundtable discussion with Kaduna State security agencies, CSOs, relevant ministries and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The 25 participants exchanged best practices and experiences in the protection and enforcement of human rights, including challenges in the implementation of the anti-torture law, disciplinary mechanisms within security agencies for human rights violations, and the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The roundtable sessions were intended to be inclusive and transparent, in order to foster constructive discussion among participants with different perspectives. Participants from government agencies were able to discuss the challenges of implementing human rights standards in practice, including the Anti-Torture Act. Thanks to the exchanges with CSOs, solutions emerged regarding the effective implementation of these texts and the consideration of human rights in everyday life.
The recommendations will be used as a basis for future situation rooms and will be transmitted in the context of the advocacy visits that will be carried out in front of the heads of the state security agencies.
The SAFE project is implemented in partnership with the Carmelite Prisoners' Interest Organization (CAPIO) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), with financial support from the European Union and the French Development Agency.