Media Urged to Step up Coverage of Acts Against Convention on Torture

Media Urged to Step up Coverage of Acts Against Convention on Torture

The media has been called upon to come up with different plans of action for citizens to be well informed balanced reports on the prevention of torture in compliance with the universal convention against torture. This was part of the outcome of training for journalists by CLEEN Foundation in partnership with Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare

The media has been called upon to come up with different plans of action for citizens to be well informed balanced reports on the prevention of torture in compliance with the universal convention against torture.

This was part of the outcome of training for journalists by CLEEN Foundation in partnership with Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) on the United Nations Convention against torture implementation in Nigeria at Abuja recently.

With the theme: “capacity building on the role of journalists in prevention of torture, redress mechanisms and rehabilitation of torture victims/survivors” the training focused more on the United Nations convention against torture implementation in Nigeria.

The training objective was to look at how the complex issues around the convention on torture can be reported by the media to promote awareness.

Nigeria is one of the countries that have ratified the convention against torture and is required in accordance with the provisions of article 19, to submit periodic reports on the measures (legislative, administrative judicial) to adopt the rights and obligations in the convention against torture.

Mr. Isidore Collins, one of the speakers at the training, said Nigeria has failed to submit an initial report twenty years after ratification of the convention despite the fact that the United Nations convention requires every state to write a report on how it would be implemented and why its decision should be accepted.

On what roles CLEEN Foundation can play in preventing torture, Mr. Collins said the foundation should invest in creating more awareness against terrorism practices in partnership with other civil society organisations while ensuring that necessary actions are enforced.

Mr. Collins also suggested that civil organisations could conduct inquiry on torture and cases and document them by allowing people to talk about it which will provide information to the committee to balance its report.

CLEEN foundation formerly known as Centre for Law Enforcement Education is a leading non-governmental organization established in January 1998 with experience in justice and security sector through strategies on research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programs and publications in partnership with government, civil society, and the private sector. The organisation’s mission is to promote public safety, security, and accessible justice.

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