Nigerian Bar Association National

As part of Intentional Human Right Day, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has organised a one-day sensitization campaign for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Bakasi IDP camp to sensitize them on their rights.

The Head, UNHCR Sub-Office Maiduguri, Mr. Ceasar Tshilomba, said the inmates rights to food, shelter, education, health, water and sanitation are not privileges but their right according to the international Human Rights Law.

He said: “The international Human Right Day is to commemorate a one-week programme which will be climaxed on December 10, 2017, but was celebrated on December 8, 2017 to sensitize inmates on their rights.”

Tshilamba said: “Right to protection is an important component of the humanitarian right of all IDPs, right to food, health, education, sanitation, protection, shelter among other are rights of inmates and not a charity, so whatever, NGOs and government are doing, are rights which must be provided to the inmates and not privilege.”

The UNHCR Head, noted that the UNHCR in its quest to bring justice to IDPs have established a mobile court in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association to ensure they have access to justice. Also speaking, the Chairman NBA Maiduguri Branch, Barrister Babakura Kaka, said the NBA in its quest to ensure access to justice, has offered free legal services to the IDPs in Borno and urged them to use the opportunity of the legal services by contacting their Human Right Committee.

He added; “We established this mobile court in collaboration with UNHCR to bring legal services to your door steps right here in the IDP camp.”

In her goodwill message, the Director Borno State High Court, Barrister Hadiza Magaji, said, to ensure amicable dispute resolution, the court has provided an Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre and called on the IDPs to use the opportunity for out of court dispute resolution through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), whenever such arises.

Speaking on behalf of the IDPs, the chairman Bakasi Camp, Alhaji Ibrahim Buba thanked the UNHCR, NBA and other international donors and other NGOs for their support to the IDPs.

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