The Federal Government of Nigeria has been urged to comply with its obligation to the Convention Against Torture by sending its report to the Committee in accordance with Article 19 of the Convention Against Torture Treaty.
It would be recalled that the Convention Against Torture is a treaty that is committed to ending torture, inhumane, and degrading treatment of persons. Nigeria ratified the treaty in 2001, but has failed to submit her status on torture for over two decades.
In a joint statement obtained by The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in kaduna, the CLEEN Foundation and the Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) made the demand, as part of a series of activities carried out by both organizations towards the implementation of the Convention Against Torture in Nigeria.
According to them Nigeria has recorded some progress in terms of the enactment of relevant legal provisions including an Anti-Torture Act in 2017, acts of torture have unfortunately persisted.
They stated that this will be done through the conduct of a Stakeholders Workshop on the CAT Implementation in Nigeria, Review and Validation Workshop, High Level Advocacy Meetings, 2-day Capacity Building for the Consortium, selected CSOs, the National Human Right Commission NHRC and Ministry of Justice, capacity building for journalists and the development of an alternative report on CAT Implementation in Nigeria led by CSOs.
In a project titled “Development of Alternative Report on the Implementation of the Convention Against Torture in Nigeria, they noted that with the support of the World Organization Against Torture, they are leading national consultations to develop a joint CSO report to be submitted to the 72nd session of CAT in November, 2021.