Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre is a not-for-profit non-governmental human rights advocacy organisation established with commitment to promoting law enforcement accountability, transparent and responsible policing, and respect for human rights and rule of law.
RULAAC carries out its mandate through monitoring, research, investigation, documenting, publicizing and publication, campaign and advocacy, networking, partnership and engagement with local and international non-government and intergovernmental organizations and relevant government institutions. The organisation also offers advisory consultancy services on police reform issues to local and international partners.
Vision: To bring about a professional, citizen-centered and accountable policing in line with best democratic policing practices, prioritizing respect for human rights, compliance with due process and rule of law, and inviting community confidence, support and partnership in safety and security.
Mission: Promoting professionalism, accountability, and respect for human rights and rule of law in the conduct of law enforcement operations, and assisting policing oversight agencies to discharge their mandates effectively and timely through campaigns, advocacy and constructive engagement.
Respect for human rights
Gender equality and Social Inclusion
CORE PROGRAM AREAS
RULAAC focuses on the following core program areas and activities:
Monitoring, investigating and researching law enforcement policies and practices.
Documenting and publishing law enforcement violations and good practices.
Intervening on behalf of victims of wrongful law enforcement practices and abuse of human rights.
Offering free legal services with special focus on the poor and vulnerable groups.
Campaigning for justice for victims of violations and demanding accountability against perpetrators of rights abuses through press conferences, newsletters, weekly/monthly/quarterly human rights updates, periodic and annual reports, human rights litigation, etc.
Advocating for improvement in welfare of police personnel as a means of fighting corruption and humanizing the police.
Creating awareness and advocating for reforms through facilitation of media debates and programs – live interactive television and radio programs, etc.
Creating awareness of laws underpinning human rights and law enforcement through training for law enforcement agencies and engagements with other stakeholders through focus group discussions and workshops.
Engaging and partnering with Police oversight agencies and public complaints mechanisms to carry out their mandates more effectively and timely – Police Service Commission, National Human Rights Commission, relevant legislative committees, Ministry of Justice, etc.
Publishing a quarterly Newsletter and periodic and annual reports on policing and human rights.
Conducting training and sensitization programmes for law enforcement agencies and citizens on human rights using national and international laws, Conventions and Protocols underpinning law enforcement – the Nigerian Constitution, The Police Act, Administration of Criminal Justice Act/Laws, Violence Against Persons Act, Child Rights Act/Laws, Anti-Torture Act, and regional and international human rights legislation, etc.
Creating public awareness of human rights in the context of law enforcement through conferences and seminars etc.
Advocating for improvement in law enforcement legislation, policies and practices.
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