By G9ija

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), a global Human Rights Organisation and Network on Torture, has identified lack of litigation culture by Africans as major reason for continuous human rights abuses.Dr Isidore Ngueuleu, Senior Human Rights Adviser, Africa, OMCT, said this at a One-day Capacity Building for Journalists held on Wednesday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for the training is “The Role of Journalists in Prevention of Torture, Redress Mechanism and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Survivors”.Ngueuleu noted that Nigerians complained a lot but lacked litigation culture which stalled justice

.“We complain but do not go to court, and this not typical to Nigerians alone but to Africans.“We must change the paradigm by building and promoting the culture of litigation in Africa in order to put an end to human right abuses, torture and other degrading acts,” he said.Ngueuleu said that the OMCT was working closely with its partners in Nigeria in order to bridge the gap in seeking litigations by victims of torture and survivors.He said that its partners, Cleen Foundation and the Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), were available to help victims seek justice.

“OMCT has worked and will continue to work with its partners in the country to seek redress and justice for victims and torture.“Our partners are willing to give victims and survivors who are ready to seek justice all the services that are needed; they will bear the financial cost through a pro-bono service,” he said.Mrs Ruth Olofin, Acting Executive Director, Cleen foundation, said that the foundation would continue to join force with its partnering organisations to create awareness on the fight against torture.Represented by Ms Chigozirim Okoro, Assistant Program Manager of cleen, Olofin saidthat the foundation would ensure that through constant engagement with relevant stakeholders.

The Deputy Director, PRAWA, Mr Ogechi Ogu, said that the issue of torture in Nigeria had become something that needed to be addressed without delay hence the need for the journalists training.Ogu said that Cleen Foundation and PRAWA were doing their best in addressing the issue of torture calling for more hands to be on deck to tackle the scourge.“We commend the media but we need them to know that they are the conscience of the people.“I urge you all to keep the people in mind to ensure factual and precised reporting to help torture victims and survivors get the justice deserved,” she said.The training was in collaboration with PRAWA, Cleen Foundation, OMCT, and the National Human Right Commission.