The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) in collaboration with The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has held a two days training programme tagged “Mainstreaming Human Rights, Humanitarian Principles and Civilians Protection in Counter Insurgency Operations in the North East” for Security Personnel within Yobe State, at the Gaats Hotel Damaturu.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, Saturday, in a statement, quotting the Executive Secretary of NHRC Mr Tony Ojukwu who said the training programme was aimed at broadening and equipping the security personnel who were directly involved in the ongoing counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in the North East with the fundamental principles of Human Rights as well as Rules of Engagement in line with the acceptable local and international laws and principles of arms conflicts.
Also speaking during his presentation, The Head of UNHCR Mr Gabriel Idoko posited that the changes in warfare especially asymmetric warfare, such as the North East Operations had necessitated the need to protect the rights of the unarmed civilians and compliance with rules of engagements by the Armed Forces in order to avoid violations of the laid down local and international human right laws.
Some of the objectives of the training as highlighted by the organizers include; to enlighten participants on the legal framework for international human right laws and humanitarian principles, to improve the capacity of law enforcement agents in identification, protection issues in Nigerian human right context, to build the capacity of participants to appreciate their roles in protecting the rights of the civilians. Other resource persons who spoke during the programme were Maj Gen Oluwaseyi Oshinowo (Rtd), Maj Gen Moses Obi (Rtd), Harry Obe (UNHCR) and Mrs Dorothy Amah.
Participants for the 2 days training programme were drawn from Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp, Department of State Security and members of the press.
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