Avocats Sans Frontieres France, ASFF, has expressed sadness over the alarming rate of human right violations by security agencies in Enugu State.

The group made this condemnation at a stakeholder’s roundtable meeting it organized in partnership with Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and Carmelite Prisoners Interest Organization, CAPIO, with a theme: “Strengthening the National Actors Capacities and Advocation for ending severe human rights violations in Nigeria” held in Enugu.

In a welcome remark, the organization’s head of office in Nigeria, Mrs. Angela Uwandu, disclosed that the stakeholders’ roundtable meeting was organized to create awareness and also promote accountability on issues of torture, extra-judicial killing and arbitrary detention.

ASFF, she disclosed, is fighting for the defense of human rights, improving access to justice for all citizens, especially the vulnerable as well as preventing and combating impunity.

Mrs. Uwandu commended the security agencies for accepting to assist victims to get justice and other stakeholders for collaboration. She charged the National Assembly and State Assemblies to implement the 2017 Anti-torture Act which has been passed into law.

The Anti-torture Act 2017 fills the existing legislative gaps by explicitly making the right to freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment a non-negotiable right, criminalizing torture and protecting victims and witnesses of torture. The Anti-Torture Act 2017 is a very concise legislation.

“Today, we have brought together stakeholders from the core Justice sector including the judiciary, minister of Justice, office of the attorney general and various security agencies we have which includes the DSS, army, police, civil Society and correctional service to talk and discuss together and how to promote human rights.”