As the National Human Right Commission, NHRC, joins the global community to celebrate the 2016 International Women’s Day, the Commission has called on the Federal Government to establish a separate and special court to try women related offences to ensure diligent prosecution of such cases.
The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe who made the call recently while speaking at this year’s international women day in Abuja, said the establishment of such court will help the speedy prosecution of the case.
Prof. Angwe, who frowned at the rate of complaints on violence against women, said that the diligent prosecution of such cases is necessary to end the ugly trend in the country.
“The Commission has over the past two years been flooded with complaints bordering on violence against women as compared to other forms of human right violations,” he said.
He also called for the effective implementation of Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP, Act, the Sexual Offences Act, SOA, and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, adding that beyond prosecution, the new legislations place equal priority on protection of victims as well as compensation and other forms of redress.
While commending those individuals and organizations that have continued to express concern over the plight of the Chibok girls and other women by the insurgents, he urged the government to do something to make sure that those victims are released, as according to him, fight to protect girl and children is a state responsibility.
“We urged the Federal Government not to relent in its commendable effort at ensuring the rescue of all the abductees, National Human Right Commission considers the fight against violence against women and children as a state responsibility,” Prof. Angwe added.

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