AFRILAW THEMATIC AREAS

2022 AFRILAW PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES

  • Civil Society Organization and Media Roundtable to Commemorate the World Refugee Day

AFRILAW on the platform of the Mukosolu Chinwike-Okereke African Migration Advocacy Project (MUKOCAMAP) hosted a roundtable for Civil Society and Media Organizations to commemorate the World Refugee day 2021. The Roundtable held on June 21st, 2021. The theme for the World Refugee Day 2021 was “Together We Heal, Learn and Shine”, focusing on the power of inclusion. The roundtable was focused on enlightening participants on what it means to be a refugee in its truest sense, the refugee situation in Nigeria, the human rights of a refugee which is often violated by the mere state he/she is in and the need for an urgent response to the refugee situation in Nigeria.

  • 2021 Global Day Of Action And Support Do Not Punish Campaign Programme

AFRILAW continued its promotion of drug law and policy reform in Nigeria through the Global Day of Action and Support Do not Punish Campaign Programme.

In 2021, AFRILAW in partnership with the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) organized the Nigeria Drug Policy Media Forum. The objective of the Forum was to educate and sensitize the selected government and private media personnel on key and relevant global and Nigeria drug policy issues and the role of the media in promoting drug policy reform in Nigeria. At the program also participants were introduced to the model law especially its provisions for alternative to incarceration. The program held on the 3rd of July 2021 and saw the participation of various media groups, civil society organizations and their various networks.

  • Strengthening Private Security Regulation and Oversight in Nigeria Project in 2021

AFRILAW in partnership with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) in collaboration with the Private Security Governance Observatory and in partnership with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) is implementing the “Strengthening Private Security Regulation and Oversight in Nigeria Project”. The Project commenced in August 2018, with a Baseline Study on Private Security Governance in Nigeria, which tried to get the true position of the private security situation in Nigeria. This study took place in August 2018 –June 2019. Springing from the finding of the study, in 2020 AFRILAW and its partners began to engage using a multi-stakeholder approach to strengthen the governance of private security industry.  

Projects Activities in 2021

  • Conference Call and Training of Media Representative

in 2020, six local experts (Civil Society Organizations) were recruited, representing each of Nigeria’s six regions, to compile and crystallize the local discussion and peculiarities in the operations of private security practitioners in their regions and to discuss their findings at the national level during the Montreux Document Forum and International Code of Conduct Association Roundtable at Abuja in December 2020. The testimonies of the local experts was summarized and compiled to produce a guide for CSO in their engagement with private security industry.

However, in this tool guide produced by DCAF, there was need to incorporate Media perspective in the tool. For this reason four (4) Media representatives were selected to provide their own experiences and input into the tool to make sure that the tool also reflected the specific needs and challenges encountered by the media when dealing with private security actors and activities.

This training session organized by AFRILAW and DCAF was therefore targeted at briefing the select media practitioners on the deliverables on the project and the extent to which they can contribute to the tool. The virtual training held on June 23, 2021.

  • Civil Society Organizations draft Tool Review Virtual Workshop

AFRILAW in partnership with DCAF organized a virtual workshop for Civil Society Organizations on the Private Security Governance Challenges and the Relevance of International Best Practices. The aim of the Workshop was to gather feedback from CSOs on the draft tool to ensure that the findings of the experts on the various issues of discussion reflected the position of things in Nigeria and that the tool is updated, accurate and useful. The Virtual Workshop held on September 8, 2021.

  • Media draft Tool Review Virtual Workshop

The four media experts who were engaged provided their own experiences and challenges into the tool and their input was included in the toolkit.  

The Media draft tool Review Virtual Workshop was therefore organized by AFRILAW and DCAF bringing together Nigerian Media Representatives to gather their feedback on the draft tool. The program therefore discussed “Private Security Governance Challenges and the relevance of international Best Practices-A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA”, to ensure that the new publication will be updated, accurate and relevant in the Nigerian context. This Virtual Workshop held on September 17, 2021.

  • MDAs Consultative Meeting for Nigeria to join the Montreux Document Forum (MDF) and the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA)

AFRILAW in partnership with NSCDC, with support from Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) Switzerland held an MDAs Consultative Meeting for Nigeria to join the Montreux Document Forum (MDF) and the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) on Thursday October 14th, 2021 at Madam Janet Hall, Topview Hotels, Abuja.

 The aim of the Consultative Meeting is to brief key security-based Ministries Departments Agencies of nigeria on the importance of Nigeria becoming a member of the Montreux Document Forum (MDF) and the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) and to get their support.

 A key component of this meeting is mobilizing support for the regulators i.e. the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) from other MDAs present in joining these initiatives. In order to achieve this goal, a working group was formed and their objective is to work with NSCDC providing every needed support in its advocacy for Nigeria to join the MDF and ICoCA.

The mandate of the meeting is to engage with the relevant stakeholders in Nigeria, to support and work with NSCDC towards the actualization of Nigeria membership of MDF and ICoCA.

  • 1-Day Training Workshop on Development of Private Security Companies Procurement Policy.

AFRILAW in collaboration with LITE-AFRICA and in partnership with DCAF and ICOCA held a training workshop on the development of Private Security Companies Procurement Policy on Thursday October 21st, 2021 at Aldgate Congress Hotels, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

The aim of the workshop was to bring to the notice of the group, good practices that are relevant for them when procuring the services of private security companies, and to assist selected companies especially those working in the extractive sector/region to review and/or develop an International standard Private Security Company Procurement Policy used in hiring of private security company services. 

  • 1-Day Training Workshop on Review and Development of Internal Documents of Private Security Companies

AFRILAW, DCAF, and ICoCA in collaboration with the Association of Licensed Private Security Providers of Nigeria organized a training workshop for Private Security Providers in Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria on October 22nd, 2021.

The workshop focused on bringing to the table structure and international standards that are relevant to strengthen the operations of Private Security Providers in the State. 

  • The Private Security Governance Challenges and the Relevance of International Norms and Best Practices: Capacity Building Workshop for CSOs and Media.

  AFRILAW convened the capacity building workshop for CSOs and media with the theme: “private security governance challenges and the relevance of International norms and best practices” in November the 16th, 2021 at the Madam Janet Hall, Topview Hotel, Abuja.

This was developed to empower a strong and informed civil society and media:  with the aim of providing them with updated information on the various challenges linked with monitoring and reporting human right abuses linked with private security companies’ operations in Nigeria, and also to bring to their notice how to incorporate gender within the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of private security regulation.  

The key goal is to have a stronger CSO group engaging with other stakeholders in the industry to ensure that human right issues are effectively factored into all discussions in the industry at all levels.

  • Public presentation/launching event of the toolkit: “private security governance challenges and the relevance of international norms and best practices: a guide for civil society and media”

The toolkit designed as a guide for CSOs and media and had being reviewed by both groups was presented at the National level on the 17th of November, 2021. The public launch and presentation of the toolkit saw the participation of various CSOs and Media organization, representative of the Inspector General of Police, the representative of the minister of interior, National human right Commission, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and other MDAs. The Tool was developed to ensure proper private security governance and responsible services in Nigeria and the toolkit will help the stakeholders to understand this and promote the same.

At the event, the need for active CSOs and Media engagements in promoting private security governance and responsible private security services using the Toolkits was emphasised.

Events and program participated by AFRILAW in 2021

  • African Coalition for Corporate Accountability Membership Consultation and Conference 2021

AFRILAW assisted in gathering African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) members based in Nigeria during the membership Consultation and Conference which held on the 28th of April, 2021. The hybrid program discussed the “Impact of COVID-19 on Human Rights Defenders”. The Nigerian members gathered at AFRILAW Conference room.

  • African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) 2021 General Assembly

AFRILAW assisted in gathering ACCA members based in Nigeria during the 2021 General Assembly which held on 10th-11th November, 2021 in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo with the theme: “COVID-19 and Corporate Accountability in Africa”. The gathering of the Nigeria based members held at the TopView Hotel, Abuja and the sessions were virtual.

  • 2-Day Public Dissemination of Study Reports on Court Monitoring Findings on the compliance of the ACJA 2015 and Report of Round 2 Survey on the Implementation of ACJA 2015

AFRILAW is CLEEN foundation’s implementing partner for the court monitoring findings on the compliance of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and in the case of Enugu State, the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2017.

After all the activities of 2018-2019, AFRILAW as a partner to the project participated in a 2-day workshop to discuss the project so far and the level of compliance and implementation to the ACJL/ACJA CLEEN Foundation. This workshop was organized by CLEEN Foundation at the Bolton White Hotel, on Thursday 18th-Friday 19th February, 2021.

  • Court Monitoring for the Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Extra-judicial killings in Enugu State

AFRILAW is CLEEN foundation’s Enugu partner. In November 2020, CLEEN Foundation with sponsorship from… partnered with AFRILAW to monitor the activities and proceeding of the Panel constituted by the Enugu State government to look into petitions of the public on police brutality and extra-judicial killings in Enugu State. The panel was proposed to sit for a period of six (6) months (between November 2020- May 2021), within which it will hear all petitions received, come up with its findings and recommendations on each petition, and give its report to the government of the State.

AFRILAW monitored the proceedings of the panel up till May 2021. The aim of the program was to ensure transparency and accountability in the dealings of the panel of inquiry.

  • European Union Agent For Citizen-Driven Transformation (EU-ACT) Programme

The European Union and the British Council are carrying out a programme called the European Union Agent for Citizen Driven Transformation Programme. The programme seeks to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to be better drivers of change. In other to achieve this, the European Union in the states of its engagement mapped out Civil Society Organizations or Civil Society Networks or Community Based Organizations whose thematic focus are in the area of EU’s engagements. The strategy of operation is to engage these organizations and networks in capacity building trainings, individual coaching sessions, bolster collaboration among local Civil Society Organization through peer learning sessions and ultimately passing out small grants and thereby assessing the level to which the  capacities CSOs have being developed.

AFRILAW is participating as one of civil society organizations to be strengthened. The programme’s set of activities is being delivered in selected states around Nigeria. The programme is delivered in stages and the set of programs participated by AFRILAW include:

  • OCA REVIEW

The British Council sponsored by the European Union carried out an assessment of all the Civil Society Organizations that it decided to work with in Enugu. It assessed every aspect of these organizations from its board, to its financial management, and administration and management, and even its program and project management. AFRILAW participated fully in this review.

  • Virtual Meeting with the EU-ACT Programme CSO Partners in Enugu State

After its review of the various capacities of the different organizations, the British Council called a ground-breaking meeting on the 9th of September, 2021, to speak with engaging CSOs on the project that is about to be commenced and what is expected of them.

  1. EU ACT Capacity Building Trainings

After the ground-breaking meeting for CSOs, ACT commenced a series of cross cutting capacity building trainings for all CSOs that it has partnered with in Enugu. AFRILAW participated in about six capacity building trainings organized by ACT in 2021. These trainings ran from between October 2021-Devember 2021.

  1. Consortium Proposal

In order to facilitate peer learning and to achieve the objectives of the program CSOs were encouraged to join consortiums and prepared a proposal for a small grant.

Invited Events And Programmes Participated by AFRILAW in 2021

  • Stakeholders Roundtable Meeting on Human Rights: AFRILAW participated in the stakeholder’s roundtable meeting on human rights organized by Avocats Sans Frontieres France (ASF France). The roundtable whose objective was to rainstorm with key stakeholders on ways to improve the promotion and respect of Human Rights in Nigeria held at the Bon Hotel Sunshine, Enugu Nigeria on 8th of July, 2021.
  • Second Safe Training for Media and CSOs: AFRILAW participated in the Second Safe Training for Media and CSOs organized by Avocats Sans Frontieres France in partnership with Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Carmelite Prisions’ Interest Organization (CAPIO) on 29th and 30th of July 2021 at Sky View Hall, Bon Hotel Sunshine,Enugu with the theme “Strengthening the National Actors’ Capacities and Advocating for ending Serious Human Rights Violations in Nigeria”.
  • Nationally Determined Contribution Revision Process Update for South-East Society Organization: AFRILAW participated in the NDC revision process for south-east civil society organization which held on the 5th of August 2021 at the villa Toscana Hotel, Enugu.
  • Third Quarter Meeting of the National working Group on Voluntary Principle 2021: AFRILAW as a member of the National Working Group on Voluntary Principles(VP) participated in the third quarter meeting of the working group. The meeting held on the 10th of September,2021 at Venetian Suites, Abuja.
  • National Business and Human Rights Roundtable: AFRILAW participated in the National Business and Human Rights Roundtable organized by Global Right Advocates for sustainable Justice on 21st to 22nd of September 2021 at Ibeto Hotels, 34 David Ejoor, Apo, Abuja.
  • Launch of Model Drug Law Explainer: AFRILAW participated in the launch of two new explainers developed to guide local advocacy efforts using the model drug law for West Africa. This event was organized by the West Africa Drug Policy Network and held on 27th September, 2021 virtually.
  • Virtual Panel Discussion on the Human Rights Impact of Use of Force and Regulatory Responses: AFRILAW participated in the panel discussion on the human rights impact of use of force and possible regulatory responses organized by the Business and Security Division of Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF). The Executive Director of AFRILAW represented the organization as a panelist in the discussions. The virtual meeting held on the 29th of September, 2021
  • Panel Discussion and Movie Screening: AFRILAW participated in the Panel Discussion and Movie Screening of “Just Mercy”. The program was organized by Avocats Sans Frontieres France in commemoration of the World Day against the Death Penalty 2021. The program held on 7th October 2021 at Genesis Cinema, Ceddi Plaza, Central Business District, Abuja.
  • Regional CSO Consultation on the Third Revised Draft of the Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights: AFRILAW participated in the Regional CSO Consultation on the Third Revised Draft of the Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights hosted by Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Alternative Information & Development (AIDC) and Justica Ambiental (JA). The virtual meeting held on 12th of October 2021.
  • Baseline Study of Private Security Regulation in the ECOWAS Region: AFRILAW participated in a 2-day workshop on validation of Baseline Study of Private Security Regulation in the ECOWAS Region organized by PRAWA in collaboration with the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance, and the Nigeria Civil Defense Corp on 12-13 October, 2021 at Fraser Suites, Abuja.
  • Leigh Day’s State of Business and Human Rights Today Program: AFRILAW participated in the Hybrid Event organized by Leigh Day titled “The state of Business and Human Rights Today”. The program held on 14th of October 2021.

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