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Human Rights Commission set up mechanism to monitor rights abuses

The National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria, NHRC said that it has set up a virtual monitoring mechanism to ensure that the rights of Nigerians and other nationals living in the country are monitored.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu disclosed this when a Civil Society Organisation, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action, PRAWA donated some Personal Protective Equipments, PPE to the staff of the NHRC to fight Covid-19 in the cause of discharging their duties.

Mr. Ojukwu, also said that his agency has been assisted by the Embassy of Switzerland set up monitoring App to monitor Human rights Violations in the country.

“The agency has identified that it was possible for the impact of Covid-19 to affect the rights of Nigerians hence the need for the innovation noting that Human rights are central to good governance hence, the need for Nigerians to mainstream it in their activities” he said.

The Chief Human Rights Officer in the country added that it is heartwarming to note that the efforts of his agency are being appreciated by Nigerians.

“We risk our lives and personal comfort to protect the rights of everyone living in the country” he added.

The Executive Director PRAWA, Dr. Uju Agomoh represented by Mrs Ogechi Ogu said that the gesture is to support the National Human Rights Commission for the good work the agency is doing to protect the rights of Nigerians amid COVID-19 pandemic.

She added that the importance of the NHRC to Nigerians cannot be overemphasized hence the need to assist the agency at all times.

“As an NGO, we asked ourselves whom to support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and the first thing that came to mind was NHRC” she said.

PRAWA is a non-governmental organization that promotes institutional reforms to create access to justice, rehabilitation, and social development for prisoners and victim of torture.

 

 

Source: Voice of Nigeria