EU, CSOs Seek Strengthening Of Policy On Protection Of Civilians

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The European Union, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre and the Centre for Civilians in Conflict have called for the strengthening of the policy on protection of civilians in Nigeria.

They made the call at the Protection of Civilians Champions Workshop, organised by CISLAC and CIVIC in Abuja.

The organizers said the aim of the workshop was to bring together all protection of civilian’s champions to form a stronger network to overcome PoC challenges.

Jérôme Rivière, the Cooperation Officer, Delegation of the EU to Nigeria and ECOWAS said the event was founded under the umbrella of the EU Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI), the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace.

According to him, the Programme seeks to partner with countries to prevent and manage crisis in order to contribute to national and regional stability.

Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Rafsanjani, said harm could be reduced by strict adherence to rules regulating the use of force.

He called for the establishment of clear frameworks for institutional authorities and responsibilities for the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, the Director-General of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, expressed optimism that the meeting will provide key suggestions on protection of civilians.

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