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About  Human Rights

In view of the constant abuse of the fundamental human and people’s rights, added to the crass lack and absence of gender rights, civil rights, economic rights, culture rights, environmental rights and the demands for the guarantee of social and political rights of the people, CIDJAP continued during the year 2007 to create awareness on the urgent need for the promotion and respect of all these rights.

In line with Pope John Paul II values on human rights and the Institute’s belief that the violation, abuse or neglect of any of the fundamental human right translates to the abuse, neglect and violation of all human rights.

In the area of promotion and protection of the fundamental rights, CIDJAP has handled more than one hundred and twenty litigations, through conflict resolution, arbitration, court representations and counseling.

The discharge and release of several prison inmates was also facilitated by the Institute, which equally engaged the larger society in its focus on enlightenment and awareness creation to protect human rights.

CIDJAP Leads The Fight For Human Right In Enugu State

In her usual pursuance of justice and peace, the human right department of CIDJAP has continued to fight for the right of the oppressed and the down trodden in the society.

During the past few months, this department has made several bail applications and also made representatives for persons who were arbitrarily arrested by the police in the cause of mass arrest or for other frivorious reasons. It has influenced the posting of trained police prosecutors to various courts where they were lacking.

One of the most challenging and rewarding works of this office has being mediation. Cases involved here range from matrimonial violence, wife battery, denial of necessities, ostracization, religious disagreement, child abuse/forced labour, assault e.t.c. The process involves several meetings with the parties concerned.

The meetings were held in the homes, offices or at any convenient venue as suggested and agreed by the parties. The parties are the major participants and often times without knowing it end up solving their problems by themselves. The office plays the guiding role and usually the parties go home happier as friends.

The human right department also carries its activities to the prisons where it organizes interview of and interactive sessions with the prison staff from various department such as the welfare, records, medical e.t.c. department to update its record on the development, attitude and behavior of the inmates in different prisons in Enugu State.

The same interactive sessions with several inmates are also held with a view to discovering which of their needs it can help with and also assisting them, either with their needs or contact with the right persons to so provide them.

Within the period more attention was also given to the over 124 asylum inmates of Enugu prison considering the fact that their medications were not readily provided by neither the government nor the prison authority.

Also as is the case with some prisons in Nigeria, pregnant and nursing mothers who are offenders are kept in the prison custody pending the determination of their cases. Most often, CIDJAP takes up the responsibility of taking care of such persons in any prison within Enugu State.

CIDJAP also help in rehabilitating some of the inmates release from prison.

Indeed CIDJAP leads on the fight for the human right.

Legal Department 2012 Update

In the current year, CIDJAP has continued to create awareness of the need for respect of human rights, prisoners support and improvement of the Justice sector.

In line with Pope John Paul II’s values on human rights and the Institute’s belief that the violation, abuse or neglect of any fundamental human right translates to the abuse, neglect and violation of all human rights.

However, CIDJAP has handled more than 265 litigations through conflict resolution, arbitration, court representations and counseling. The discharge and release of several prison inmates was also facilitated by the Institute while their support and reintegration has been championed by the Institute.

The CIDJAP legal advocacy is a recent innovation designed to project the activites of the legal department headed by Mrs. P.C. Egbuna.

CIDJAP legal advocacy team partners with the J4A (Justice for All) programme of the DFID (British Department for International Development) in conjunction with the Enugu State Justice Reform Team (ESJRT) in reviewing existing sentencing laws in Enugu State and suggesting amendments and/or the drafting of a new bill which would subsequently be passed into law should the need arise.

Thus so far, CIDJAP has attended the J4A meeting for over 16 times within the year.

More so, the advocacy team is a member of a working committee which is currently working on the production of a Police Human Rights Manual for use by the Police officers working on Human rights desks to be sited in 11 Police Stations in Enugu metropolis as a pilot scheme.

The team is also producing a Human rights handbook for use in all the secondary schools in Enugu state.

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Rouben Houston

Rouben Houston

General Manager of Charitas

Rouben Houston

Rouben Houston

General Manager of Charitas

Rouben Houston

Rouben Houston

General Manager of Charitas

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