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State Attorney Generals Review Human Rights Laws On Rape

By CHRIS EKEKE, Abuja

Against the backdrop of human rights violations in the country, especially in the internally displaced persons, IDPs camps, State Attorney Generals across the country are to convene stakeholders meeting aimed  at reviewing the laws.

The capacity building meeting organized by the United  Nations High Commission for Refugees is expected to hold Friday.

Country representative of UNHCR, Veronica Yohanna, disclosed this in Yola, at the two day midterm review training for IDPs monitoring project.

The workshop in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission is to bring together all 36 states Attorney Generals to brainstorm on some legal issues concerning human rights.

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Yohana added, ” Human rights law needed to be reviewed to checkmate rape cases in the country.

“Attorney Generals from the 36 states of the federation would meet in Yola to address and review human rights violation laws in the country.

“Human rights law needed to be reviewed to checkmate rape cases, especially concerning minors.

” Legal luminaries during the meeting are expected to tackle human rights laws at the grassroots, especially the IDPS in states affected by insurgency.

“The brainstorming would also enable common man and IDPs  in the country get easy access to justice at their door steps.”.

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The country representative lamented inability of laws on human rights to punish perpetrators of rape to serve as deterrent to others. Yohana described as unfortunate a situation where 35 years old person rapes a minor and walks off free  weeks after committing the offence.

The acting executive secretary, NHRC , Mrs. Oti Ovrawah,  expressed appreciation on the continuous support of the UNHCR in the provision of much needed assistance towards the realization of the rights of IDPs in the country.

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