The United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, came into effect on the 26th day of June, 1987, hence 26th of June was set aside to mark the event and is an opportunity for the world to unite in support of hundreds of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.
To mark this year’s International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project- LEDAP, in partnership with the National Committee Against Torture-NCAT and the National Human Rights Commission-NHRC undertook a solidarity and awareness march from the Federal Ministry of Justice to the National Human Rights Commission and back to the Ministry to join in the world press conference given by the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation.
The Honorable Attorney General was represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation, also present were, the Chairman and Vice-chairman of NCAT, the Director of the Directorate of Citizens Rights, the Executive Secretary of NHRC, the National Coordinator of LEDAP and representatives of CSOs.
The highlight of the occasion was the formal handing over of the draft of the Rules and Regulations for the effective implementation of the Anti-torture Act, to the Chairman of the NCAT by the Solicitor General of the Federation.
LEDAP is currently implementing a project aimed at tackling the use of torture and SGBV in policing in Nigeria. In furtherance of the project, LEDAP is undertaking training of police and other law enforcement officials, monitoring and redressing torture and SGBV practices, strengthening civil society and community responses to support victims across the nation, also, the organization has launched social media campaign tagged; #stoptorturenaija which aims at creating awareness on the dangers of torture and mechanisms of redress.