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ASF commends Nigeria on anti torture law

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Angela Uwandu. PHOTO: TWITTER

Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France), also known as Lawyers Without Borders, yesterday commended the Nigerian government for signing the anti-torture bill into law in December 2017. The new legislation not only criminalises torture but also proscribes 25 years imprisonment for perpetrators of torture.

Speaking on this development, the Head of Office, ASF France in Nigeria, Angela Uwandu said holding perpetrators of torture accountable for their action is what the much awaited law aims to achieve. She stressed that the law is an important step in ensuring justice for victims and in curbing the practice of torture in Nigeria.

The body called for quick action on the part of the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure prompt implementation of this important legislation to pave way for its full enjoyment by all.

Since 2009, ASF has been working with victims and families to ensure justice for victims of torture in Nigeria. It has also been working with the National Human Rights Commission on promoting the principles of the UN Convention Against Torture in Nigeria. 


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