The Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France), also known as Lawyers Without Borders, France, has reiterated its determination to provide legal aid for victims of human rights violations in Nigeria.
The Head of ASFF in Nigeria, Angela Uwandu, made this known in Abuja, during a training session for lawyers on methods of addressing serious human rights violations.
“The project aims to address serious human rights violations of extra judicial executions, torture, ill treatments and arbitrary detention by security agencies in Nigeria,” Uwandu said.
She added, “we are poised to engage and train media, security agencies, CSOs and lawyers in order to enhance best practices in the monitoring and documentation of HR violations by security agencies and the provision of legal aid for victims of human rights violations respectively.
“On the 30th of August 2019, the world marked the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Family members deserve to know the truth and seek justice for their loved ones who disappeared or were treated unfairly’’.
The three-day training with the theme: ‘Reinforcement of Lawyers Technical Skills in the Provision of Legal Assistance’ had 13 lawyers comprising of the project support lawyers and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)-nominated pro bono lawyers from Enugu, Kaduna and Lagos States.
The interactive training which had the participants engaged in group works, covered technical sessions which focused on the three thematic areas of SAFE (extra judicial executions, torture and ill treatments and arbitrary detention) and the SAFE Legal Aid Methodology.
The SAFE project in Nigeria is a partnership of ASFF, NBA, and the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO) and funded by the European Union.