On the 29th day of April 2019, CLEEN Foundation in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission and supported by the Open society Foundation (OSF) organized a one-day community accountability forum and policy brief validation.
The event brought together security stakeholders such as the Nigerian military, civil defence, police, paramilitary, media and civil society, to discuss ways of improving human rights accountability in the state’s counter-insurgency strategies.
Resulting from regional security challenges such as the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast, armed bandits in the northwest, Herdsmen-Farmers clashes in North-central, there have been reported cases of human rights violations manifesting strongly in the state counter-insurgency strategies to combat these insecurity challenges. Common trends indicate that suspects are routinely picked by security personnel on different count charges, tortured and humiliated. Those who are unlucky are kept in detention without trial for a prolonged period while some are summarily executed.
In the course of our meetings in Maiduguri with stakeholders, there were testimonies from survivors and community residents recounting their experiences in the hands of security agents. Many of them accused the security agents of violating their rights as they strife to counter the insurgent operations.
It is within this context that the CLEEN Foundation in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission organized policy brief validation workshop. The policy briefs will be a guide for advocacy that will support security agents and the state to adhere to human rights standards and rules of engagements in all counterinsurgency operations.
The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and make inputs into the policy briefs that were developed by researchers engaged by CLEEN to develop the documents.
Some of the counter-insurgency laws reviewed are:
- Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011
- Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013
- Criminal code Act
- The Money Laundering Acts of 2011 and 2012
- Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015
- Police Act
- Penal code Act
- Arms Forces Act
- The Prisons Act
- The Nigerian customs Act
- The Nigeria Immigration Act
- National Counter Terrorism Strategy NACTEST