Group Trains Lawyers In Human Rights

Group Trains Lawyers In Human Rights

An international human rights organisation, Avocats Sans Frontières France, otherwise known as Lawyers Without Borders, has trained 25 legal practitioners in Nigeria in human rights.

The group said the training was held as part of its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria, as well as the continuous exercise of boosting the capacity of lawyers under the ‘Promoting the United Nations Convention Against Torture project’.

A statement on Wednesday by the Country Director, Avocats Sans Frontieres France, Nigeria, Mrs Angela Uzoma-Iwuchukwu, which was made available to our correspondent in Enugu, said the two-day training, held between October 26 and 27, 2021 was the third in a series, noting that the organisation had carried out a similar training in June and September respectively.

Uzoma-Iwuchukwu explained that the training was disseminated virtually to 25 lawyers from across the country and was aimed at equipping trainees with specific skills to adequately represent victims of human rights violations in Nigeria.

She said, “The training featured different topics and sessions including sessions on the United Nations Convention Against Torture, Anti-torture Act (2017), Remedies for Torture Victims, Redress through International Mechanisms, Psychological Support for Victims of Torture and lots of brainstorming and group work on case studies and legal texts.”

The country director, however, noted that ASF France considered training lawyers on mechanisms to defend victims of human rights violation and torture as a worthy investment in the justice system of the country.

The ProCAT Project Case law Manager, Mrs Edugie Amihere, said, “It is imperative for lawyers to have full capacity to positively navigate the processes and provisions of the law to ensure proper redress and accountability for victims of human rights violations.”


Culled from Punch

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