The Law Students’ Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) has mobilized its members to join the global human rights campaign against draconian drug laws/ policies.
In collaboration with Youthrise Nigeria – an initiative devoted to promoting evidence based approach to drug policy. The association used the platform of its Annual National Convention held at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on the 9th – 12th July, 2019, which brought law students from 14 Universities across the country to launch the collaboration.
Speaking at the session, the President of the Law Students’ Association of Nigeria, Mr. Atiku M. Jafar reiterated LAWSAN’s commitment to advocating for better government policies that center on youths and aims at protecting the vulnerable and respecting human rights concerns.
Speaking to newsmen after the event, Mr. Jafar remarked; “our partnership with Youthrise Nigeria on the “Support Don’t Punish Campaign” is borne out of our passion to push reforms in drug policy with a view to bettering our society. As you can see from the publicity gear displayed at our venue, we believe that as law students, we are conscious youths and stakeholders in policy formulation process, and we are very proud to associate with this campaign, but this is just one of our many human rights and advocacy projects”.
Speaking on the significance of the gathering to the campaign, Dr. Dalhat Idris, Esq., the Asst. Dean of Law, A.B.U Zaria noted that “This Convention is very important to the campaign as students meet from different law faculties to deliberate on issues like this because we have peculiarities…”.
The association hosted a round table discussion on the theme and enjoined its members to carry on the advocacy on better drug policies through articles, media campaign, etc. It featured discussions on death toll related drug use and policies, draconian laws on drug use and unpopular state actions that flagrantly disregard human rights under the guise of drug war.