By John Okeke
The regional discussion of Joint Committee of ECOWAS Parliament wants member countries yet to ratify African union -Kampal convention on the protection and assistance to displaced persons to do so urgently for the respect of human rights.
This is one of the nine recommendations of the committee’s meeting in Dakar which will be submitted to the parliament at plenary in May in Abuja.
The Speaker of Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo who declared the meeting closed lauded the joint committee and resource persons for contributing ideas for the protection of human rights in crisis areas.
It urges the 15 member countries to adopt a specific national legislation for refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants in accordance with international standard with a view to making protection more effective and to boost search for lasting solution to the problem of victims of crisis.
The meeting calls for continuous training and sensitisation of Armed Forces in the area of respect for human rights.
lt added that the code of conduct of the ECOWAS Armed Forces could serve as a reference framework.
It recommended for the development of the technical capabilities and investment of available budgetary and logistical allocation for the investigation and prosecution of abuses.
The joint committee calls on Human Rights organisations and in particular amnesty lnternational and Human Rights watch to be impartial and consult with the authorities of member countries before reporting on the fight against terrorism or crisis.
It urges ECOWAS commission to embark on a comprehensive study to identify, classify and enumerate the rights of the stateless,lDPs and Refugees with a view to coming out with a comprehensive community policy on victims.