The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday declared opened, a training session for the military on mainstreaming human rights principles and civilian protection into counter-insurgency operations in Adamawa State.
Executive secretary of NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu, said, the training involved key military officers, directly involved in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-east.
The commission has created UNSUB platform, Ojukwu said, for reporting cases of rape, sexual and gender base violence, using ICT to increase level of awareness in the society.
“Victims of GBV can call UNSUB platform to get connected with persons who would assist them in a short while, before pursuing their case.
“The platform would soon be in Adamawa and has all the service providers and people who can offer free help to victims of GBV in many LGAs.
“The Commission, received over a million complaints over various types of human rights violations yearly and resolved up to 65% due to increased awareness.
“The other time we embarked on activism in the 36 states, that means in every state, NHRC was on the street”.
“Human right abuse has been happening in many localities, because people do not know their rights, they are not reported.
“Now that they are made aware of their rights and are being thought how to seek assistance, that is why people are now coming out”, he said.
Major Ponfa Lord-Mallam and Flying Officer I J Dickson, representatives of Commander 23rd Brigade and 153 Base Services Group Yola, both lauded the training.