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HURIWA advocates creation of human rights directorate in DSS


Emmanuel Onwubiko, National Co-ordinator OF HURIWA

A non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has advocated creation of an autonomous human rights investigative directorate within the Department of State Services (DSS) to handle human rights abuses committed by the service 

The Rights group said the activation of an effective internal mechanism to safeguard human rights of accused persons has become imperative, given the accumulated public image deficits created by the unwarranted abuses of rights of citizens, who have encountered the DSS over the years and most especially since three years ago. 

“The respect of citizens’ human rights will go a long way in helping the agency to build good data bank of actionable intelligence that would flow in from a much more robust relationship between the ordinary citizens and officers/operatives of the DSS.”

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