The CLEEN Foundation with support from Open Society Foundation (OSF) organized a two-day workshop on Inter-agency Collaboration for State and Non-State Actors on improving human rights compliance in countering violence extremisms.
The event was held at Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
Speaking during the opening of the event, the Assistant Programme Manager, Public Safety and Security at CLEEN, Mrs. Chigozirim Okoro observed that the workshop has become necessary due to the need to continue to ensure synergy and understanding between state and non-state actors in the fight against the insurgency in Borno state and the North East in General.
She outlined the various activities embarked upon by CLEEN to ensure that objective, including engendering peace, security and human rights compliance in countering violent extremism.
Some of these activities were baseline studies in Borno and Plateau states, capacity building programmes for security personnel and members of the Civil Society Movement, drafting of a working strategy and the strategic Implementation Matrix and the development and review of a Draft Working Strategy meant to guide security personnel on Human Rights compliance in countering violent extremism, amongst several other programmes.
Mrs. Okoro said more programmes and activities are still lined up in parts of the country by CLEEN Foundation, meant to improve on the capacity of state and non-state actors in the security architecture of the country.
Resource persons for the two-day programme were drawn from the Nigerian Military, Police, the academia, the Civil Society and Government security regulatory agencies.
The presentations during the workshop covered areas such as strategic implementation Matrix for preventing and countering violent extremism in Nigeria, National Action Plan 2017- 2020, legal framework and human rights accountability in Nigeria and observing rules of engagement and human rights standards in state counterinsurgency strategy.
Others include strengthening human rights accountability in Nigeria and respect for human rights principles and standards in state counterinsurgency strategy, amongst several other topical issues.
The workshop was attended by officials of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police, Nigerian Civil Defence Corp, the Civilian Joint Task Force, Vigilante Association, Hunters Association, the Academia, religious groups and members of the Civil Society Movement, amongst others.