THE CIVIL RIGHTS COUNCIL SETS UP A RAPID RESPONSE DESK FOR THE MONITORING AND REPORTING OF DOMESTIC , GENDER AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE ABUSE IN DIOBU RIVERS STATE.
Civil Rights Council a civil society organization in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state committed to the promotion of human rights, rule of law and the advancement of democracy have set up a rapid response desk to monitor, advocate , campaign and follow up issues of domestic , gender and sexual violence in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
This activity is in line with the mandate of the organization to promote human rights, monitor, report and take up the cases of indigent members of the society who are victims of abuse. This is coming in the hills of many cases of human rights abuses by non-state actors mostly in urban slums and sub- urban areas of the state were rape, child defilement, wife assault and battery is on the increase.
It is expected that the desk will provide quick response to the cases of abuses emanating from DIOBU and other surrounding towns in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. On the cause of the inauguration community, people were informed of the right steps to take when confronted with abuse of human rights, especially domestic, sexual and gender based violence in order to establish their case promptly before security agencies and lay complaints to human rights groups.
It will be recalled that several cases of human rights abuses- in the form of rape, child defilement and domestic violence has been on the increase mostly in sub-urban parts of Port-Harcourt in the past few years. Thus, the establishment of this human rights desk is a way of monitoring violations while exposing the perpetrators of these acts for punishment.
In their reaction, the residents of Diobu thanked the members of the CRC for their effort and promised to take advantage of the initiative to make social change in the environment.
Arochukwu Paul Ogbonna.