Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN) in conjunction with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is currently executing a project titled; Promoting Human Rights Accountability in the North East. The project is funded by the European Union.
The people of the North East, Nigeria have been adversely affected by the insurgency which started in 2009 as a result of the operations of Boko Haram. As a result of this, the Federal Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in May 2013 in three of the six north east states: Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe.
The activities of the Joint Task Force code-named Operation Lafiya Dole, has a Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement which hardly contains any human rights principles.
From 2011, a plethora of human rights violation cases have been reported to the NHRC. The project spurned from the need to establish accountability to facilitate the prosecution of human rights violators and consequently, reduce human rights violations plaguing the citizens of North East Nigeria to the barest minimum.
- The project is being executed in the three states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yola.
- The project aims at mainstreaming human rights into the operations of the CJTF, design a Code of Conduct for the CJTF, and a template for gathering intelligence that will be useful for Operation Lafiya Dole.
- The project also aims at sensitizing the north east citizens on their human rights, redress mechanisms for human rights violations by the JTF and CJTF, and further institute high impact catalytic and other cases arising from human rights violations.
- The project also aims at reviewing the current training manual for judges and train judges on mainstreaming human rights in adjudication. It also seeks to build the technical and management skills of the staff of NHRC and HRAN.
- The project is structured to further improve the knowledge of lawyers and build capacity of CSOs monitors on human rights principles.
Human Rights Agenda Network is currently executing a project for WATCHLIST on Children in Armed Conflict (New York) 2015-2016. The core objective is to support civil societies to contribute better information to UN Country Task Force on MRM on Children in Armed Conflict.