Unicef and EU Partner to Promote Child-Friendly Justice in Sokoto, Nigeria

Unicef and EU collaborate to train Sharia court judges in Sokoto, Nigeria, on child-friendly justice, ensuring vulnerable children's rights are protected in the legal system.

author-image
Wojciech Zylm
Updated On
New Update
Unicef and EU Partner to Promote Child-Friendly Justice in Sokoto, Nigeria

Unicef and EU Partner to Promote Child-Friendly Justice in Sokoto, Nigeria

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the European Union have collaborated to provide a two-day training for Sharia court judges, police, and the Hisbah group in Sokoto, Nigeria, on the child protection act. The training aims to ensure child-friendly justice for children under the age of 18 who come into contact with the law, whether as offenders, witnesses, or victims.

The workshop was led by Professor Umar Alkali, an associate professor of law and the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the North East University in Gombe, who highlighted the issues of vulnerable children lacking access to child-friendly justice and being subjected to pre-trial detention and incarceration with adults. The training focused on familiarizing the participants with the provisions of the child protection law of Sokoto state and the child rights act, as well as the African charter on child rights and welfare.

The Khadi Dahiru Dan Jega and the Chief Wali of the state Sharia court, Abdulazeez Mohammed Yar Abba, expressed their support for the new law and its alignment with Islamic law, norms, and culture, as well as its potential to solve the problems of child rights and the justice system.

Why this matters: The partnership between Unicef and the EU demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that the justice system in Sokoto is responsive to the unique needs and vulnerabilities of children. This initiative is part of a broader effort to improve access to justice and promote the well-being of children in the state.

Key aspects of the collaboration include training justice sector professionals on child-friendly approaches, establishing child-friendly courts, and providing legal aid and psychosocial support to children in the justice system. The partnership aims to strengthen the capacity of the justice system to protect the rights of children in conflict with the law.

Professor Umar Alkali emphasized the importance of the training, stating, "This workshop is essential in ensuring that vulnerable children have access to child-friendly justice and are not subjected to pre-trial detention or incarceration with adults. The child protection law of Sokoto state and the child rights act provide a framework for protecting the rights of children in the justice system." Unicef calls for stronger security measures to safeguard children's rights and well-being.

Key Takeaways

  • Unicef and EU provide training on child-friendly justice in Sokoto, Nigeria.
  • Training aims to ensure justice system protects rights of children in conflict.
  • Sharia court judges, police, and Hisbah group trained on child protection law.
  • Training focuses on aligning justice system with child rights act and African charter.
  • Partnership aims to strengthen capacity of justice system to protect child rights.