The Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and other agencies will today at 9:30 am host a virtual training session for journalists and civil society organisations (CSOs) on the topic, “Promoting respect for human rights, drawing on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.”

Other partners for the training programme are the Nigeria Police Force, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and African Union Watch.

According to a statement by Dr. Uju Agomoh, Executive Director of PRAWA, the workshop objectives are to:
1. Create awareness on the nexus between Security, human rights, business/development amongst civil society organizations and the media.
2. Build the capacities of civil society organizations and the media towards promoting public awareness on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights as well as supporting other related initiatives on security, human rights and business.
3. Sensitize civil society organizations and the media on the Voluntary Principles App and encourage its utilization.

The forum will feature a Welcome Address by Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi (mni), NSCDC Commandant General; Remarks by Anna Maria Burdzy, Project Coordinator, Business and Security Division, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and Joel Bisina, Executive Director of Lite Africa & Co-Chair, National Working Group on Voluntary Principles.

Goodwill messages will also be delivered by Mr. Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission and Dr. Feyi Ogunade, Executive Director, African Union Watch, while Dr. Agomoh will give her remarks about the project and an overview of the workshop.

The technical session will witness the following presentations:
“Understanding the nexus between security, Human rights and Development” by Mr. Honest Offor, Senior Programme Officer, PRAWA; “Introduction to Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights” by Linda Reuben, Asst. Program Officer, PRAWA, and “The International Code of conduct for private security services providers (ICOC) and the Montreux Document – Sharing of Experiences and Best Practices” by Chinwike Okereke Esq., Executive Director, Afrilaw Foundation.

Other papers are on “Gender Perspective in the provision of Security and human Rights – Impact on Extractive Industry” by Ogechi Ogu Esq., Deputy Director, PRAWA and “Promoting the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights – The Role of the Media & Civil Society Organizations” by Emeka Nwadioke Esq., Lead Partner, Emeka Nwadioke & Co. & President, City Lawyer Magazine.

The presentation on the Voluntary Principles App will be done by Mr. Tobia Adedokun, IT Consultant, PRAWA while Dr. Agomoh will draw the curtains on the workshop with a presentation on “Reflections, Recommendations & Next Steps.”

The programme will be anchored by Mr. Chris Okwui, Manager, Love FM, Umuahia and Mr. Dahiru Muhammed, Assistant Programme Officer, PRAWA (Kano).

The project is carried out under The Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM) “Enabling Multi-Stakeholder Action with the support of the United Kingdom.

To join the virtual workshop, please click on the link below: Other login details are: Webinar ID: 980 7609 0388 and Password: 772235. For enquiries and technical support during the webinar, please contact or call/whatsapp +2348062722311.

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