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NEWSLETTER FOR 25TH-29TH JUNE 2018

 

HELLO,
Welcome to another edition LEDAP Nigeria’s Weekly Newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest Human Rights News and updates in the law, What we are up to and Upcoming Events.
18th-22nd June 2018 2018

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” 

– George Washington

NEWS   

LEDAP, NHRC Walk Against Torture in Nigeria
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in collaboration with the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is launched a torture prevention campaign and held an anti-torture awareness walk in Abuja on June 26, to protest against the heinous act of torture and also provide assistance to torture victims and survivors. Read more

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Group Seeks Internal Monitoring Team to Reduce Police Torture

Sterling Centre for Law and Development (SCLD) and other human rights organisations have stressed the need for the Nigerian Police to step up its internal monitoring activities to reduce and eliminate torture of suspects for confessions or punishment for detainees. Read more

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SERAP Seeks Human Rights Council Special Session over Plateau Killings

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to all the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva urging their delegation to hold a special session concerning the Plateau killings. Read more

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Free, Fair Elections in Nigeria: U.S, U.K Agree to Continue Joint Funding
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) amended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend their joint funding arrangements to support Nigeria’s electoral processes through 2020 with an increased DFID contribution. Read more

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In 2018 Alone, 1,814 Nigerians Have Been Killed − Amnesty International
Amnesty International, a human rights group, says 1,814 people have been killed across 17 states since the beginning of 2018 — a figure that is already more than double the 894 that was recorded in the whole of 2017. Read more
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Nigerians Will Live Better Lives If Corrupt Officials Are Exposed – Falana
A human rights activist, Femi Falana, on Monday said the extensive corruption that has eaten deep into Nigeria’s fabric could be reversed if citizens speak out against the practice. Read more

NHRC to Probe Torture Allegations against SARS

The National Human Rights Commission has concluded plans for the probe of allegation of torture against men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in South South and South Eastern parts of the country. NHRC’s Executive Secretary, Anthony Ojukwu made this public on June 26 while speaking at an event put in place by his agency, the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN)Read more

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Research Shows Nigeria is 9th Most Dangerous Country for Women 
Nigeria has been ranked as the ninth most dangerous country for women according to a new poll by Thomson Reuters Foundation. The foundation contacted 548 experts focused on women’s issues to conduct a global perception poll to highlight the most dangerous countries for women. Read more

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NHRC Tasks Buhari On Quick Assent to Child Protection Bill

The Executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give children a gift by granting speedy assent to the 2018 Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (establishment) Bill. Read more

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Violation of Human Rights Unacceptable — AGF

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has said violation of human rights in the country was unacceptable. According to him, torture is a clear assault on the inherent dignity and fundamental freedoms of  persons. Read more
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Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect releases Atrocity Report on Nigeria, Myanmar and Syria
“Recurring conflict in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” region is often rooted in historical grievances over land-use and resource allocation. These disputes have been exacerbated by growing desertification in the north of Nigeria, which has driven many ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who are mainly Muslim, southward into areas traditionally farmed by settled communities that are predominately Christian.” Read full report here

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Lagos State Government Dragged before Court over New Environment Law

Chairman, Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWMN, Alhaji Oladipo Egbeyemi and David Oriyomi, have dragged the Lagos State Government before a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, challenging the newly enacted Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law of 2017. Read more
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Caribbean Court of Justice Strikes Down Mandatory Death Penalty in Barbados

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the region’s highest court has unanimously declared the mandatory death penalty unconstitutional in Barbados, finally settling an issue which has occupied domestic and international tribunals for almost 15 years. Read more

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Cornell’s Death Penalty Worldwide Institute Training ‘A Network of African Lawyers’ To Fight Against Capital Punishment
On June 18, the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide kicked off its second annual Makwanyane Institute Workshop. The institute aims to train capital defenders and prepare them for the intricacies of capital offense trials in many different countries. Read more

 

OPINION 


Leave No Girl Behind in Africa
Discrimination in Education against Pregnant Girls and Adolescent Mothers

The African continent has the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world, according to the United Nations. Every year, thousands of girls become pregnant at the time when they should be learning history, algebra, and life skills. Adolescent girls who have early and unintended pregnancies face many social and financial barriers to continuing with formal education. Read more

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Nigeria: Rising Toll of Middle-Belt Violence
Urgently Step Up Investigations; Hold Attackers to Account

 The death of at least 86 people in attacks on six villages in Plateau State, Nigeria, is the most recent in a shocking spate of reprisal violence between nomadic cattle herders and farmers. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to end the violence and hold those responsible to account, but has so far failed to do so.  Read more

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Curtailing Rights’ Violations from Pollution
“Daily, human rights are infringed upon consciously or unconsciously by multinational and mining companies. These unpleasant situations have pitted host communities against multinational companies, which have resulted in loss of lives and property. The Ogoni nine debacle still remains fresh in the memories of many Nigerians from during the military era.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Partners With NHRC and NCAT for “Walk Against Torture”

June 26 marked the International in Support of Victims of Torture. In light of this LEDAP partnered with the National Human Rights Commission and the National Committee Against Torture to host a “Walk Against Torture” in the capital of the country, FCT-Abuja. The purpose of the walk was to raise awareness concerning the serious issue of torture in Nigeria, call for the disbandment of SARS and request that the Attorney General of the Federation seek the full implementation of the Anti-Torture Act 2017.

LEDAP at Makwanyane Institute Workshop


LEDAP Representative, Mrs.Joke Aladesanmi (3rd from left)

A representative from LEDAP attended  this year’s Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, 2nd annual Makwanyane Institute workshop. The workshop is an intensive training workshop for capital defenders, and took place from June 18 to 28, 2018. Follow the events of the training with #makwanyaneinstitute on twitter and find out more here

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LEDAP, National Judicial Institute, and AfricaLii commence Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) 

Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) is aimed at bringing legal materials, all laws and case decisions in Nigeria free of charge to the public. The official launch is coming up soon but the NigeriaLii portal currently contains several thousands of case decisions, statutes, rules of court, and other legal materials. Visit the NigeriaLii website here

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Garnishee Must Be Resident Within The Jurisdiction Of The Court Making The Order?

In the recently decided case of Darsey Digital Press Ltd & Anor v. Ayo & Anor (2018) LPELR-44488(CA), the Court of Appeal held that it is a precondition to a proper garnishee proceeding that the garnishee be resident in the very State where the order is sought in accordance to Section 83 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act. Read more

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Appeal Court awards Damages against Air France for Breach of Contract

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has held that Air France was liable for breach of contract between it and one of its passengers, Mr Chidi Adebanya for compelling him to pay additional money in respect of purported excess luggage. The Court, therefore, ordered the airline to pay Mr Adebanya, N476,768.00 being the refund of the excess money paid for his luggage which was in violation of the terms of the contract between them and the cost of litigation. Read more

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Court Grants HEDA’s Judicial Review against Malami
A federal high court sitting in Lagos has granted the Human and Environment Development Agenda (HEDA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a leave for a judicial review against Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) in the Malabu oil deal. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Call For Proposals: 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) invites proposals for the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence. As part of AWDF’s support to the cause to eliminate Violence Against Womnen (VAW), AWDF supports the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign by awarding grants to women’s organisations in Africa to organise and coordinate activities around the event.
 The deadline for application is 20th July 2018. Read more
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Call for Applications: Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Advocacy & Litigation for LGBT Human Rights Defenders in Africa
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, cordially invites you to apply for the Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Advocacy & Litigation targeted at the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Africa. Deadline for applications is 10th July 2018. Click here to apply.

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UN Human Rights Council – 38th Session

The 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will be held from 18 June – 6 July 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session, high-level discussions will be held on various human rights related issues, such as the right to privacy, rights of persons with disabilities, rights of minorities, and rights of children. Watch the sessions live here

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Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 

Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2018 are open. Do you know of somebody who has made a significant contribution to combating discrimination or advancing equality, but who has not yet received the credit they deserve? If so, please nominate them for the fourth annual Bob Hepple Equality Award. Deadline for application is 31st July 2018. Read more

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IDRC Research Awards 2018 for Research Internships

The International Development Research Center Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration. The award is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university. The deadline is 5th Spetember 2018Read more

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Group Seeks Internal Monitoring Team to Reduce Police Torture

Sterling Centre for Law and Development (SCLD) has stressed the need for the Nigeria Police to step up its internal monitoring activities to reduce and eliminate torture of suspects for confessions or punishment for detainees.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a rally to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, its Coordinator, Deji Ajari, said the police should be more open to external monitoring by opening up its facilities to local and international groups who should be allowed to interact with detainees to ascertain if they were being subjected to torture.

According to Ajari, the police, as law enforcement agents in the country and having more contact with members of the public, was saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and property, as well as investigate and resolve crimes.

It also maintains peace in the society, but ironically it is the agency with the most cases of torture reported against it .

“The law criminalises the use of torture and sets in place mechanisms for the prevention, detection and prosecution of cases of torture against Nigerians.

“Implementation of the act will drastically reduce the use of torture in the country. We also commend the police for the steps so far taken to end the use of torture in the country.

“These steps have started to yield results, but more should be done to accelerate the positive returns of the reforms,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) yesterday called on nations to seek ways of reducing torture and improve victims’ access to seek redress.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said torture was unacceptable and unjustified at all times, urging governments and countries to expedite action to eradicate the practice.

He said observing the day on June 26 every year was instituted to acknowledge and honour survivors of torture globally, including those tortured for their political or other views, those caught in the fight against terrorism or those tortured because of their differences.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) also charged security operatives to obey the rule of law and adopt international best practices in the discharge of their duties.

Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and Chairman, Board of Amnesty International, Nigeria, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, said despite the country’s laws protecting detained people from torture and mistreatment, severe pains were being inflicted on suspects to force confessions from them.

In a statement, National Coordinator, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), Chino Obiagwu, urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and CSOs to document incidents of torture and demand prosecution of offenders in line with the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act.

 

Culled from The Guardian Website.

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LEDAP, NHRC Walk Against Torture in Nigeria

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in collaboration with the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is launching a torture prevention campaign and anti-torture awareness walk in Abuja, June 26, to protest against the heinous act of torture and also provide assistance to torture victims and survivors. This is done to mark the 2018 International day for Support of Victims of Torture.This was announced in a press release by the National Coordinator of LEDAP, Mr. Chino Obiagwu. According to him, the rate of torture in Nigeria is on a high and is mostly done by law enforcement agencies against innocent victims.“In Nigeria, there are daily reports of torture of suspects by police, military and other law enforcement agencies, which are in not in accordance with the constitutional provision prohibiting torture. The perpetrators are not prosecuted and victims are unable to seek redress.

“LEDAP also uses this medium to call on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to document incidents of torture and demand prosecution of offenders in line with the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act.”

Culled from The Guardian Website

 

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PRESS RELEASE: LEDAP COMMEMORATES THE INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

Picture gotten from www.andyworthington.co.uk
Picture gotten from www.andyworthington.co.uk

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) join the United Nations and other Human Rights Organizations to commemorate the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this auspicious occasion, LEDAP uses this medium to commend the National Assembly of Nigeria for the adoption of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017. The Act criminalizes torture by the police and other law enforcement agencies; therefore we call on all concerned institutions to see to its full implementation. We also call on the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to develop appropriate guidelines for effective implementation as mandated by sections 10 &12 of the Act.

In Nigeria, there are daily reports of torture of suspects by police, military and other law enforcement agencies. These everyday law enforcement practices are in many cases not in accordance with the constitutional provision prohibiting torture yet the perpetrators are not prosecuted and victims are unable to seek redress. LEDAP also uses this medium to call on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and Civil Society organizations (CSOs) to document incidents of torture and demand prosecution of offenders in line with the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act.

Torture is a criminal offence punishable by law and LEDAP is in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) to seek ways to reduce incidents of torture and improve access to redress for victims through an ongoing project titled “Community Mobilization Against Torture in Nigeria“.

In observance of the International Day in Support of victims of torture, LEDAP in partnership with the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is set to launch a torture prevention campaign and an anti-torture awareness walk in the Federal capital territory Abuja, on 26th June, to lend its voice against the crime of torture and also render support to torture victims and survivors all over the world.

Chino Obiagwu
Legal Defence and Assistance Project
National Coordinator

 

LEDAP Marks The United Nations International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture.

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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; #stoptorture9ja which aims at creating awareness on the dangers of torture and mechanisms of redress.