The National Human Rights Commission on Monday, vowed to tackle emerging human rights violations in the country.
The Executive Secretary NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, said this at a two-day training for the commission’s staff organised by the United Nations in Nigeria.
Ojukwu, who said poverty and insecurity are triggers of irregular migration and trafficking in the country, urged staff members not to lose sight of human trafficking within Nigeria.
He said, “It is important to note that social, economic and political vulnerabilities such as poverty, inequalities, conflicts, and human insecurity, form the major triggers to irregular migration, trafficking and smuggling of migrants.
“In our world today, migrants face dehumanizing conditions, illegal arrests and prolonged detention, torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, life threatening conditions on land and sea.
“As we focus on irregular migration and smuggling across our borders, it is important that we do not lose sight of trafficking within Nigeria. This is becoming an epidemic triggered by the vulnerabilities already mentioned above.”
“As human rights advocates and frontline defenders, staff of the National Human Rights stand on a strong legal and institutional footing to tackle this present and emerging styles of human rights violations.”
Speaking at the event, a senior human rights adviser, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu, noted migration is often accompanied by challenges which can lead to violations of the human rights of migrants if not properly managed and safeguarded.
Kufuor-Owusu, stated that “Migration is an area where the NHRC has a critical role to play in enhancing the protection of the human rights of migrants and ensuring that the human rights of migrants are upheld, respected, and protected throughout their journey.
“Today, we gather here not only to deepen our understanding of the intricacies of this issue but also to reaffirm our commitment to the core human rights principles of, dignity, equality and non-discrimination for everyone everywhere, regardless of their migratory status.”
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