As part of its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria, and in its continuous exercise to boost the capacity of lawyers, Avocats Sans Frontières France with the financial support of the German Embassy in Nigeria, implemented a training on human rights for lawyers in Nigeria on the 9th – 10th September 2021.
The training for lawyers was held on the platform of the ‘Promoting the United Nations Convention Against Torture (ProCAT) project’.
The 2-day training served as a follow-up to a similar training held in June 2021 in commemoration of the international day in support of victims of torture. The training was disseminated virtually to 23 lawyers from across the country and was aimed at equipping trainees with specific skills to adequately represent victims of human rights violations in Nigeria.
The fully packed training featured different topics and sessions including sessions on; the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT), Anti-torture Act (2017), remedies for torture victims, redress through international mechanisms, psychological support for victims of torture and lots of brainstorming and group works on case studies and legal texts.
The training achieved its set objectives, as the capacities of the lawyers in attendance were improved to adequately represent victims of human rights violations in Nigeria.
Speaking on the impact of the training, one of the beneficiaries, Chidera Ikemba said “I really want to thank the organizers of this program for the total training package. The sessions exposed me to torture scenarios and legal actions for the support of torture victims. I am very happy to gain this new knowledge, and I am looking forward to implementing this in my legal career”.
“Avocats Sans Frontières France (Lawyers without Borders France), is pleased to carry out interventions of this nature. We see training lawyers on mechanisms to defend victims of human rights violation and torture as a worthy investment in the justice system of the country.”
Mrs. Edugie Amihere, the ProCAT Project Case law Manager, speaking to the beneficiaries at the training said, “Lawyers are the custodians of the defense of these victims of human rights violations, it is important for lawyers to know how to positively navigate the processes and provisions of the law to ensure redress and accountability for victims of human rights violations”
The ProCAT project is being implemented in Nigeria by Avocats Sans Frontières France and co-funded by the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFT) and the German Embassy in Nigeria.