The South East Human Rights Situation Room is a group of human rights non-governmental organizations working in the South East. Members held a meeting today Wednesday 13th September 2017 in Enugu to discuss the human rights situation and violence in the South East, especially Operation Python Dance 11and to determine what to do. It observed that from all indications, the operation has started ahead of the stated date of 15th September 2017 as announced in a press release by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
At the end of the meeting, participants expressed concern about:
1. The escalating violence in the South Eastern States of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States in view of Operation Python Dance 11 and the need to maintain peace, order and the rule of law in affected areas.
2. Events that have already occurred in affected states such as the attack on some journalists and residents of Umuahia, Abia State.
3. The operation commenced without adequate sensitization and dissemination of information about its modus operandi and the rule of engagement to the people of the zone.
In view of the above the participants resolved as follows:
1. That the South East Human Rights Situation Room requests for lawful and ethical conduct of personnel executing “Operation Python Dance 11”.
2. Whatsoever tactics adopted in the Operation must be in compliance with international human rights law and global best practices.
3. We request the adequate training for military personnel on human rights and the rule of law, especially those who interact with Nigerians on the roads and check points on a daily basis in the course of this operation in the South East geo-political zone.
4. We implore the military personnel to desist during the period of this operation from intimidation, inhuman and degrading treatment of road users and commuters.
5. The South East Human Rights Situation Room will continue to disseminate safety tips to members of the public, especially the youths to shun violence in all situations and be Law abiding.
6. We will embark on a campaign to educate the civilian populace and residents of the South East Zone on the need to conduct their daily activities in accordance with the law and report any infraction to the South East Human Rights Situation Room on telephone number 09060002128; and #HumanRights4SENigeria, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON
Convener, South East Human Rights Situation Room
Dr. Uju Agomoh
Co- Convener, South East Human Rights Situation Room
Co- Convener, Women Information Network (WINET)
Professor Felicia Anyaogu
Co-Convener, FIDA Enugu
Rev. Fr. Ambrose Ekereoku
Co-Convener, Carmelite Prisoners Interest Organization (CAPIO)
South East Women Network (SEWNET)
Mr. Iheanyi Igboko
Agents of Communication and Development (A-CODE)
Mrs. Harrieth Oleru
SEWNET, Imo State
National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) Enugu Chapter
National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), Enugu
Mrs. Nwanneka Okolo
National President, Catholic Women Organization (CWO)
Mrs. Patricia Chima
SEWNET, Ebonyi State
SEWNET Anambra State
Dr. Obiajulu Nnamchi
Human Rights Activist
Barr. Wilson Nneji
Barr. Mrs. Gozie Udemezue
Healing Hearts Widow Support Foundation
Mrs. Ugo Kalu
National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Abia State
Barr. Nkechi Ezeani
WACOL, Head of Legal Unit
Ugochukwu Ogbonna Esq.
WACOL, Legal Officer
Odoh Ada Treasure
Gender Equality Movement
Global Health Awareness And Research Foundation (GHARF)
Mr. Albert Oko
Prisoners Rehabilitation And Welfare Action (PRAWA)
Gender Equality Movement
Mrs. Uzoma Uzoeshi
SE Women Political Empowerment Office, Owerri