ABUJA, (CAJ News) – UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur, Chaloka Beyani, will next week carry out his first official visit to Nigeria to examine the situation and human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
During his four-day visit starting Tuesday, Beyani will travel to Abuja and consult with the Government as well as a wide range of other national and international partners.
This will be with a view to examining the ongoing responses and challenges, and assisting them to meet their obligations towards IDPs and to support durable solutions for them.
The Special Rapporteur will visit camps for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, Borno State. The state is the epicentre of the displacement crisis.
At the end of his visit, the expert will share his preliminary observations with the media in Abuja.
Beyani said the challenges confronting Nigeria and its government were considerable and could not be overstated.
The envoy pointed out the Northeastern part of the country had witnessed an unprecedented increase in violence and the escalation of attacks by Boko Haram since 2009, which had forced the displacement of more than 2 million people from their homes and triggered a humanitarian crisis.
“I will gather information on situations of internal displacement including both new and protracted displacement,” said the human rights expert.
He will also examine the legal, policy and institutional frameworks in place for prevention of displacement, protection and assistance for IDPs and recovery.
– CAJ News