OrderPaperToday– The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concerns over emerging human rights concerns emanating from continuous attacks by insurgents/terrorists and counter insurgency operations in the North East.
Executive secretary of the commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu noted this at a three-day inception training of human rights monitors on effective human rights monitoring and documentation, under the 2020 Human Rights Monitoring Project of NHRC, and the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
At the training organised by both institutions, Ojukwu said the focus of this year’s project will, among other things, centre on regular visits to detention centres to ensure their compliance with human rights standards.
While urging monitors to ensure violations hitherto unnoticed and underreported are brought to fore for possible redress, the human rights boss emphasised on sensitisation of stakeholders on decriminalisation of petty offences, with a view to promoting the rights to access to justice of the population of concern.
Speaking at the event, the head field officer of UNHCR, Yola, Ms Eliane Valleri Amoussou, said human rights is one of the pillars of the United Nations and, therefore, human rights monitors are on the frontline of combating abuses and promoting respect for human rights.
She called on relevant stakeholders to partner with them in addressing human rights violations, saying the report documented from field work is important in seeking accountability for human abuses and justice for victims.
“This is a foundation for advocating for policies and programmes that promote and protect human rights,” she stated.
Meanwhile, some of the participants at the training who spoke to newsmen applauded the NHRC and UNHCR for providing the opportunity for capacity building, adding that the training will empower them to deliver on their schedules effectively.
The participants were drawn from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States respectively.