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NHRC RECEIVES DELEGATION FROM EU, HARPS ON PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL, INT'L BODIES

Posted: 2018-04-10


The National Human Rights Commission has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with international organizations and civil society group to advance the cause of human rights in the country.

The Ag. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who made this pledge when she received a delegation of the European Union who came on a working visit to Nigeria observed that synergy with relevant stakeholders locally and internationally would definitely impact positively on promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights.

The Acting Head of the Commission also informed the delegation led by Dr. Josef Weidenholzer, MdEp (European parliament) that the Commission has been involved in various activities overtime among which are human rights and humanitarian training and assessment, periodic roundtable on complaints with the military, as well as establishment of human rights desk within the military formation.

Mrs. Ovrawah also stated that the Commission is making effort to establish the database for missing persons in Nigeria in collaboration with Red Cross and that the exercise would entrench accountability and further underscore the sanctity of human life.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of NHRC told the delegation that the Commission had commenced public hearing on hate speech across the six (6) geo-political zones as well as election procedures with a view to identifying hotspots and making appropriate recommendations to the relevant authorities, in the upcoming general elections in the country.

She also disclosed that the Commission published its "End Electoral Impurity" project report and that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) upon receiving the report is expected to further investigate it and possible prosecute any offenders.

Mr. A. A. Yakubu, Director, Protection and Investigation corroborated the words of Mrs. Ovrawah by stating that the NHRC civil military dialogue is also open to all NGO's and CSO's who have the mandate to work in human rights related fields. This is to ensure that the military has specific manual to work with as well as find out ways to deal with complaints.

A member of the delegation, Mr. Joachim Zeller said the objective of the visit is to find out about the problems of the Commission, to improve our understanding of the workings of the Commission and assess the human rights situation in Nigeria.


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