NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION HOLDS A 4-DAY WORKSHOP ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT MECHANISM ON MISSING PERSONS IN NIGERIA

Posted: 2017-03-01


The Commission in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organised a 4-Day workshop for member of the National Technical Committee on Missing Persons (NTC). The workshop held from 21 to 24 February, 2017, at Bolton White Hotel, Abuja and is the second, following an earlier 2-Day workshop held in November 2016.

The NTC was established in June 2016 as an inter-agency Committee, tasked to set up a database of missing persons in Nigeria. It is headed by Mrs. Maryam Uwais, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment. The NTC is currently operating on the basis of an initial Terms of Reference given by the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, which derives from the existing mandate of the NHRC to take initiatives to support the Government in complying with its human rights obligations.

The 4-Day workshop focused on finalising the mandate of the mechanism, its relationship with other agencies, and adopting an organisational structure for a temporary mechanism, including steps to be taken in establishing an Independent Commission on Missing Persons in Nigeria through legislation. Participants proposed a Pilot phase of the initiative by establishing the Database in 2 States each in the North-East, North-Central and the Niger-Delta region. States selected are Borno, Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Rivers State, and Delta.

At the end of the workshop, a Plan of Action was developed, to be presented to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission.


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