The CLEEN Foundation in partnership with the British High Commission in Nigeria has opened a series of training workshops for Human Rights’ Defenders from North East Nigeria in Abuja. The training commenced on Monday 20th October 2014 with a first batch of about 40 participants and will continue through the week with two subsequent batches of trainees. The goal of the training workshop is to build the capacity of 120 human right advocates to better support human right protection and defense initiatives in their communities. The training is imperative in the face of human right and security challenges in North East, Nigeria.
This training is coming after an earlier mapping study through which we identified human rights defenders in North East. The feedback from the identified human rights advocates highlighted the need for training and therefore informed the training workshop today. The series of the two-day workshop is being facilitated by a team of local and international facilitators and supported by the staff of the CLEEN Foundation.
At the end of the training, participants would return to their different organizations and communities better informed and educated on modules such as “Understanding and Analyzing Human Rights”, “Data Collection and Advocacy”, “Report Writing and Documentation” as well as “Storage and Litigation of Human Rights Abuses”. The training workshops will be followed up with a mentoring program for the trainees to assist them further refine their skills and identify entry points for engagement in their communities. The evaluation of this training and mentorship will help to refine the framing of our future activities as we look forward to sustained commitment and increase awareness on the defense of human right in Nigeria with particular emphasis on the North East geopolitical zone.
The CLEEN Foundation is a national NGO aimed at improving of public safety, security and justice in Nigeria. This we do through empirical studies, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes in partnership with government agencies, organized private sector and civil society groups. The British High Commission in Nigeria is a dependable and supportive partner in the efforts to promote access to justice, security and the protection of human rights in Nigeria. The CLEEN Foundation is honoured for this strategic partnership and looks forward to stronger collaborations in the future.
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