Human rights

A group trains young people on human rights and access to justice in Enugu

Gideon Arinze in Enugu

At least 20 young people have been trained by the Center for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics (CSAAE) on methods to seek justice as well as defending cases of human rights violations and abuses by the country’s security agencies.

The training, held yesterday in Enugu, was organized in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Solutions Project Initiative (YES-P) and the Center for Health Education and Vulnerable Support (CHEVS), powered by VOICE.

Speaking at the training, CSAAE founder Godswill Agbagwa said the program was designed to tackle the unfair treatment of young people by some security agencies.

According to him, “I am very concerned about the way young people are treated in this country, especially by the police. With the recent #EndSARS protest, we think it’s time to start speaking out on behalf of young people against police brutality.

Agbagwa noted that he had received numerous complaints from young people who were illegally arrested by the police and held for several months or years in the detention centers without trial.

He added: “If some of these people had been convicted, they probably would have been tied up for six months. But they have been in detention for six years; four years or five years. And we begin to wonder why the justice system should be so unfair to young people.

In his address, the Enugu State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Manfred Nzekwe, urged young people to rise up and speak out against the human rights abuses perpetrated against them.

Nzekwe, who was represented by the Ministry’s Director of Administration and Human Resources, Sunny Okafor, said the future of the country is in the hands of the younger generation, therefore, they must work hard to positively change the wealth of the country.