Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission Tony Ojukwu Esq said the Commission will create massive awareness that will assist survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence to preserve evidence that can aid adequate prosecution of such cases.
Ojukwu made this assertion during a protest march to the Hon Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Dame Pauline Tallen.
He said the need to create awareness on preservation of evidence is necessary prevent survivors from tempering with critical element needed for immediate prosecution.
Speaking further Ojukwu said there is an urgent need review the laws for prosecuting rape cases as they are too stringent. "We notice that the stringent conditions surrounding the proof of evidence for rape cases are discouraging factors which inhibit survivors from seeking redress"
The NHRC Boss expressed delight at the political will being exhibited by government to tackle the menace, saying all hands must be on deck to support the government in winning the war against this dastardly act.” On our part, we will ensure that cases of all forms of SGBV especially rape, are no longer swept under the carpet. We will ensure accountability no matter whose ox is gored".
While receiving the call to action on the raising SGBV cases in the country presented by the Human rights CEO, the Minister expressed the strong determination of government to end the scourge.
She described the spike in cases Of SGBV as a pandemic which has left women and future mothers badly abused by their perpetrators. She commended the call to action saying its an act that shows absolute commitment to deal with the issue.
She called on all the 36 states of the federation to as a matter of necessity domesticated the Child Rights Act and the Violence against Persons Prohibition Act in order to facilitate protection of human rights violation of women and children.
While commending the Commission on its work of promotion and protection of human rights in the country, the Minister said "we will not rest, sleep or keep quiet until we attain zero tolerance in different cases of SGBV.
It would be recalled that the Commission embarked on a 5-Days of Activism with the theme" EQUALITY AND DIGNITY FOR WOMEN JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST RAPE/ SGBV" to draw attention to combating the increasing cases of SGBV in the country.