Rights Commission plans database for missing persons

The Human Rights Commission on Saturday disclosed that arrangements were in the pipeline to establish database for missing persons.

The Director Legal, Women and Vulnerable Groups, Department of the Human Rights Commission, Mr. Harry Obe, made the disclosure in Abuja while responding to issues raised by participants at the Save the Children conference on children affected by armed conflicts.

Obe said said the database will be established in collaboration with other civil society organisations.

He further explained that the database system for missing persons when functional will address issues of children missing in armed conflict zones and other parts of the country.

He said the commission has been able to rescue children from detention facilities, rehabilitated and reintegrated them back into the society. The stakeholders advocated review of the Armed Forces Act to protect schools just as hospital in armed conflict zones.

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The Education Adviser, Riplingon Education Initiative, Abiola Sanusi, said students pursuing education should be protected both physically and emotionally.

She said Nigeria ranks as one of the countries where schools are being attacked, teachers killed and students adopted while trying to acquire education. She, however, noted the group has submitted a proposal to the national assembly to review the armed forces Act to accord schools the same ethical protection against armed conflicts as hospitals enjoy.