December 5, 2021

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NGO calls for awareness campaign on Anti-Torture Act 2017 provisions

NGO calls for awareness campaign on Anti-Torture Act 2017 provisions

NGO calls for awareness campaign on Anti-Torture Act 2017 provisions

”It is the responsiveness at the grassroot level and its stakeholders that will foster acceptance of that particular concern at other levels of government.
By Diana Omueza
The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), an NGO, has called for awareness campaign on the Anti-Torture Act 2017 provisions and penalties in communities in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Act was passed by the 8th National Assembly and signed into law by President Mohammadu Buhari on Dec. 29,  2017.
OMCT is a Civil Society Coordinator at the UN Committee Against Torture.
OMCT Senior Human Rights Adviser, Africa, Dr Isidore Ngueuleu,  made the call during a one-day capacity building workshop for Journalists held in Abuja.
”It is the responsiveness at the grassroot level and its stakeholders that will foster acceptance of that particular concern at other levels of government.
“So, I urge stakeholders, civil society groups, relevant and related NGOs to start the fight against torture from the grassroots level,” he said.
He urged stakeholders to support human rights defenders for better administration of justice in Nigeria.
”Stakeholders should learn to seek legal redress for human rights defenders who suffer torture while carrying out due diligence.
”Those who promote or project human right are equally at risk as the victims of human right abuses.
“Some of this human right defenders are being abused, assaulted, tortured and even detained for fighting for either their own human right or the rights of others.
“Some are being held against their will and they need to be extracted and a follow up for Justice should be provided by relevant stakeholders,” he said.
He called for a more effective implementation of the Nigeria’s Anti-Torture Law, especially the provisions of the law that provides accountability and victims assistance.
He urged stakeholders to fight against torture, brutality, abuse, and other forms of inhumane and degradable acts from the grassroot.
NAN reports that the Anti-Torture Act 2017 is a very concise legislation.
It has a title, explanatory memorandum and 13 sections.
NAN reports that Section 1 of the Act titled ‘Duty of Government’ imposes an obligation on government to ensure that all persons, including suspects, detainees and prisoners are respected at all times and that no person under investigation or held in custody is subjected to any form of physical/mental torture.It also admonishes government to adhere to domestic and international standards on absolute condemnation and prohibition of torture. (NAN)