Nigeria,Uganda Partner To Promote Human Rights
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says it will partner with its Ugandan counterpart to boost monitoring, investigating and prosecution of human rights violations in their respective countries.
Mrs Oti Ovrawah, the Acting Executive Secretary of NHRC, made this known Monday at the opening of four-day training on Human Rights for Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) in Yola.
Ovrawah said that the two countries were committed to promoting human rights, particularly in areas of sharing ideas and training in ensuring protection of human rights, particularly in areas of conflicts.
She also said that the cardinal objectives of the training in Yola were to promote human rights and accountability in Nigerian in general and in the North-East in particular
“The Commission is organising this training in partnership with the Human Rights Agenda Network, European Union, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights and the Ugandan Human Rights Commission.
“The core objectives of the training include monitoring and investigation of human rights violations by Civil Society Organisations, Human Rights Agenda Network and the Commission due to counter insurgency operations in Adamawa,Borno and Yobe.
“The commission and partners with the project probono lawyers will accordingly prosecute some of these cases and bring perpetrators of human rights violations to account for their acts.” Ovrawah said.
The acting executive secretary said the prosecution would be done through court cases and public hearings
She stated that the training would also focused on documentation and reporting skills and personal safety and risk management of the human rights personnel.
According to her, other aspects of the training include registration of complaints, record keeping and case management, standard reporting and monitoring template for human rights violations.
In his remarks, Mr Wilfred Asiinwe of the Ugandan Human Rights commission said Nigeria and Uganda shared common experiences in terms of internal civil conflicts.
He stressed the need for the two countries to partner and promote the rights of their respective citizens.
Asiinwe, who is also a facilitator at the training, said that time had come for African countries to come together and solve problems and challenges affecting them.
“Citizen Human Rights is one of the fundamental aspects of development to every nation; therefore, African countries should not be left behind,” Asiimwe said
He said while conflict could not be eradicated, but could be controlled and managed to the bearable level through investigation, promoting and prosecution of Human Rights cases.
Participants at the event were drawn from CSOs based in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
Some of resource persons that presented papers at the training include Mr Christian Mukosa, Senior human rights adviser, office of the High Commission of Human Rights, Juba, Sudan and Prof. Akinseye Geirge, human rights expert.
Others are Olaniyo Omodara and A.A. Yakubu, seasoned lawyers and experts in investigation and prosecution of human rights cases.NAN