The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that the current needs assessment of the human rights and humanitarian needs of the North East is to address the operational responses of law enforcement agencies and other government departments among other things.
The Acting Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah said this in her opening statement at validation meeting on the report of human rights and humanitarian needs rapid assessment for the six states of the North East supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Statement Hotel, Abuja on the 20th September 2016.
The Acting Executive Secretary who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Protection and Investigation of the Commission, Mr. Abdul Rahman Yakubu said that the assessment is targeted at assisting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) as well as addressing complaints resulting from counter terrorism and post conflict recovery operations.
According to the Acting Executive Secretary, “our initial intervention was to monitor and document reports of human rights violations by different actors in theatre of violence including insurgents and counter insurgency operators.
“The second phase of the partnership between the Commission and the UNDP is the assessment of the human rights and humanitarian needs of people in the six North East states which include assessing the impact and progress of interventions by various actors.
In his remarks, the Team Leader, Governance & Peace Building in the UNDP, Dr. Kehinde Bolaji said that cooperation between the security agencies and the people would go a long way to assist each other in getting the necessary information that will help in maintaining a peaceful environment.
He said that it has become necessary for government to support displaced women, youths, and girls’ education and also ensure that their sexual rights are protected. He also called for the adoption of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism as the court cannot handle all the human rights cases.
The lead Consultant of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Project in the North East, Mr. Eze Onyekpere, Esq. who is also from Centre for Social Justice said that the draft report was open to discussions, comments and recommendations before the final report will be submitted to the NHRC.