Falana wants implementation of human rights laws – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has tasked the federal government with ensuring the full implementation of human rights laws in Nigeria.

Falana said this during a capacity development retreat for the House of Representatives Human Rights Committee in Abuja.

The event was organized by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC) with support from the National Endowment For Democracy (NED).

He said that although Nigeria has one of the best human rights laws in the world, implementation has been very poor.

Falana listed some of the laws to include the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which contained political and civil rights, socio-economic rights and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

He said the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, the Rights of the Child Act and the Persons with Disabilities Act are all good laws.

Falana said some of the laws provide that suspects are not required to give statements without consulting their lawyers or relations.

He said the laws stipulate that confessional statements must be recorded, to avoid situations where suspects claim they were tortured to give statements.

“The Anti-Torture Act 2017 prohibits torturing people to make statements. If someone is tortured in Nigeria today, the penalty is 25 years imprisonment without the possibility of a fine,” said he declared.

Furthermore, the Executive Director of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC), Mr. Clement Nwankwo, said that there were issues of concern for human rights in the country, adding that the committee of the Chamber had a special role to play in attracting attention and helping to solve some of the problems. Questions.

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