Circulation Group on Free Civic Direct represents a free community of organizations, student unions, social actions and active electorate right via Nigeria, working on assorted thematic points, but committed
to creating determined that executive legislation in the title of nationwide security does no longer shrink the civic feature in Nigeria.
In a press observation issued and collectively signed by:
Emmanuel Acha: Early life Forum for Social Change
FyneFace Dumnamene Fyneface: Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre
Obioma Agoziem: Centre for Corrections and Human Model
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Okechukwu Nwanguma: Rule of Regulations and Accountability Advocacy Centre, the said that National and World Regulations Prohibits Governments and Regulations Enforcement Agents from The usage of COVID-19 as an Excuse to Derogate from the Lawful to Existence.
The Circulation Group on Free Civic Direct is deeply passionate about the growing files of human rights abuses of electorate by legislation enforcement brokers accountable for making certain compliance with COVID-19 lockdown and address-at-home directives right via varied states in Nigeria.
Substantiated media experiences are replete with experiences of shootings, police/militia brutality, destruction of cooked food and diverse valuable wares, bodily assaults, etc.
With the fashion COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the sphere, we acknowledge that these are no longer fashioned times.
We namely commend the efforts of the Nigerian executive and related stakeholders doubling up to cling additional unfold of the pandemic. Whereas we acknowledge the must adopt stringent measures where valuable, we, nonetheless, must caution that COVID-19 containment measures implemented right via
states emphasize admire for the rights to existence and human dignity guaranteed below the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Handiest the old day, situation off-contented soldiers allegedly gunned down one Mr. Joseph Pessu in an heart-broken
demonstrate of drive to address COVID-19 lockdown in Delta Direct. A week ago, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi Direct ordered security operatives to shoot-at-quiz, any particular person who tries to flee from quarantine and
isolation facilities in the impart. Equally in Rivers Direct, rapid lockdown directives love the shutdown of markets and companies with out palliatives to strengthen electorate’ welfare, occupy precipitated unavoidable
instances which occupy considered the impart’s taskforce in a listing to position into ticket lockdown directives, ill-treat some residents caught out of doors their houses looking to offer food and provisions for survival. In assorted places love Lagos and Abuja, eyewitness experiences and video evidence occupy continued to emerge, displaying security
forces openly the usage of horsewhips and weapons to position into ticket discipline and compliance with lockdown directives. In mild of the above anxious traits, it has become imperative to remind the Nigerian
executive that emergency instances and associated containment measures must align with the nation’s nationwide, regional and international human rights obligations.
Piece 33 and 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, ensures existence
and human dignity, for all electorate. The sanctity and inviolability of the rights to existence and human dignity are additional protected below Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Likewise, Article
4(2) of the World Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) also reiterates that effective rights
such because the upright to existence, freedom from cruel, inhumane remedy and punishments are non-derogable and can’t be suspended even in a impart of emergency. As these provisions fabricate effective, nationwide and
international legislation limit governments and legislation enforcement brokers from the usage of COVID-19 as an excuse to derogate from the upright to existence.
Furthermore, we fabricate audacious to impart that Nigerians on low-incomes had been worse hit by the shutdown measures.
Millions of electorate residing in casual communities, also is known as slums, occupy tiny or no access to lawful sanitation, easy water, qualitative healthcare, electrical energy, food, safe haven, etc. Handiest electorate with a roof above their heads can note the executive’s address-at-home directive. Closed companies no longer only indicate loss of profits for enterprises but also weaken the survivability of the self-employed and unhappy
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Majority of the of us working in the casual sector, reckoning on their day to day earnings for sustenance. Without day to day profits, they are unable to inventory up food gives mandatory to withhold a lockdown.
Accordingly, the executive must rise to its responsibility of providing ample relief packages for these households in need. Intervention schemes and financial stimulus packages announced by every the
Federal and Direct governments needs to be backed by efficient distribution machineries to fabricate determined relief objects attain these in severe need of food and scientific gives, namely in urban slums and rural areas.
The remarkable-publicized billions purchased as donations from philanthropists and company bodies supporting the combat against coronavirus, might maybe maybe well well also peaceful even be deployed to help these in need. To occupy the reported gaps in distribution, we repeat the Federal executive, to as a matter of urgency, constitute an inclusive body of relief managers right via the 36 states and the FCT. The comfort managers
needs to be duly chosen from commerce unions, civil society bodies, the interior most sector, neighborhood-primarily based organisations, knowledgeable-of us associations, and related executive bodies. This democratic body of
managers will no longer only design a clearcut strategy for distribution of stimulus packages to all Nigerians but
also sage day to day to electorate the expenditure accounts of how relief funds and objects had been disbursed quite, equitably, successfully timed and transparently. The Circulation Group on Free Civic Direct makes the following demands on the Nigerian executive, to:
– Formally name off Governor Umanyi of Ebonyi Direct’s shoot-at-quiz expose, and expose the Inspector Identical old of Police and his men to discountenance the directive.
– Adopt humane, responsive and legally-binding measures to position into ticket public safety orders and correct contributors of the general public who defy lockdown directives. – Review the killing of Mr. Pessu in Delta Direct, and for all assorted erring legislation enforcement officers to be brought to guide.
– Sensitise legislation enforcers on rights-respecting ideas of carrying out their duties, at the side of surroundings
up complaints’ desks and hotlines for contributors of the general public to sage incidences of abuses.
– At final, we implore Nigerians to address solid in these no longer easy times and put up to all public health directives and pointers supposed for most of us health and wellbeing of Nigerians.