By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
No fewer than 70 victims of human rights violations relating to torture, arbitrary detention and extra judicial killings have been provided free legal services by Avocats Sans Frontiéres France (ASF France), also known as Lawyers Without Borders.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Head of Office, ASF France, Nigeria, Angela Uwandu.
She said the NGO has through its SAFE project held a legal aid coordination meeting in collaboration with Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in order to strengthening the national actors capacities and advocation for ending severe human rights violations in Nigeria.
Uwandu stated that “The legal aid coordination meeting took place on the 28th of April, 2021. The one-day meeting afforded the project support lawyers an opportunity to provide updates on the status of legal aid delivery in their respective states as regards the second year of the project.”
She further mentioned that the meeting was held on the wings of the “SAFE project” funded by the European Union and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), which is targeted at addressing human rights violations of torture, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention.
According to the statement, the meeting also afforded experience and learning sharing amongst the lawyers in the provision of free legal assistance on the SAFE project to victims of torture, family members of victims of extra judicial killings and arbitrary detentions.
During the meeting, each lawyer delivered a presentation as regards legal aid delivery on the SAFE project in their respective state and recommendations were made to tackle the challenges highlighted by the lawyers during their presentations.
In attendance at the legal aid coordination meeting were; the SAFE project support lawyers, nominated NBA pro-bono lawyers, the NBA SAFE project focal person, a representative of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria and a ProCAT project support lawyer.
Mrs. Angela Uwandu also provided a general updates on the implementation of the SAFE project in line with the project activity action map to all the participants and stakeholders present.
The SAFE project is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and is implemented by Avocats Sans Frontières France in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association and the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization.