Human dignity is the foundation of democratic tenets in a democratic system of government. Several organizations promote human right, Human rights activities, legal practitioners have pledged total support to uphold and defend human rights protection.
Therefore, it is an international obligation on every nations including Nigeria to respect, protect and fulfill human rights acts as enshrined in their domiciled laws and international treaties.
It is also germane for government and humanitarian practitioners to curb human rights violation and address issues concerning human right violations and reduce vulnerabilities as well as train security personnel in handling counter insurgency.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on security personnel in Nigeria to stop violating the rights of citizens during security operations in the country.
The call was made by the Acting Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mrs. Oti Anukpe, on Monday in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa State during a meeting of security personnel and United Nations High Commission on Refugees.
The meeting was aimed to review cases of human rights violations in the state during security operations in the North East region sabotaged by the terrorist insurgent group Boko Haram in the state.
That the outcome of the meeting to enlighten and expatiates on the legal frame work on protection of human rights would impart modern knowledge in the security personnel on human rights principles and civilian and vulnerable protection.
The outcome of the training would provide platform to educate security personnel with comprehensive picture of protection of civilians and issues relating to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast.
Mrs. Oti Anukpe further stated that “The meeting is to train security personnel on principles of human rights and civilian protection during counter insurgency operation.”
At the meeting, the Commander, of 153 Base Services Group, Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola, Adamawa, Air Commodore Abdullahi Kassimu, further reiterated that the meeting/training was grounded and geared towards enhancing professionalism in the military and reducing human right abuses among the gallant security personnel.
Air Commodore Abdullahi Kassimu further disclosed that security officers and gallant men would be better informed and have human face in their operations.
Air Commodore Abdullahi Kassimu declared that “For a long time, incidence of human right abuses have reduced as rules of engagement is strictly adhered to during operations”