Avocats Sans Frontières France/Lawyers without Borders France (ASF France) in conjunction with its partners have held a training workshop for its support lawyers on “Reinforcement of Lawyers Technical Skills in the Provision of Legal Assistance”
The three day training which was held from 4 to 6 September, 2019 at the Top Rank Hotels Galaxy in Abuja introduced 13 lawyers comprising of the project support lawyers and the Nigerian Bar Association nominee lawyers from Enugu, Kaduna and Lagos States to the SAFE project (Strengthening the National Actors’ Capacities and Advocating for Ending Severe Human Rights Violations in Nigeria).
The project aims to address serious human rights violations of extra judicial executions, torture, ill treatments and arbitrary detention by security agencies in Nigeria,” said Angela Uwandu, the ASF France’s Head of Office in Nigeria in her Welcome Remarks. “We are poised to engage and train media, security agencies, CSOs and lawyers in order to enhance best practices in the monitoring and documentation of HR violations by security agencies and the provision of legal aid for victims of human rights violations respectively” she adds. On the 30th of August 2019, the world marked the international day of the victims of enforced disappearances. Family members deserve to know the truth and seek justice for their loved ones who disappeared or were treated unfairly.
ASF France believes the training is the first step in ensuring that support lawyers and NBA pro bono legal aid lawyers are equipped to handle cases of serious HR violations by security agencies and obtaining justice for victims and family members of victims.
The interactive training which had the participants engaged in group works, covered technical sessions which focused on the three thematic areas of SAFE (extra judicial executions, torture and ill treatments and arbitrary detention) and the SAFE Legal Aid Methodology.
The SAFE project in Nigeria is currently implemented by Avocats Sans Frontières France in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO) to address core human rights violations of extra judicial killings, torture, ill treatments and arbitrary detention by security agencies in Nigeria. The project is funded by the European Union.