The National Human Rights Commission has awarded CLEEN Foundation, the 2019 Human Rights Award for immense contributions in strengthening law enforcement agencies for the protection of human rights in Nigeria.
Receiving the award Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, executive director of the Foundation, Dr Benson Olugbuo, dedicated the award to all victims and survivors of human rights abuses in Nigeria from 1960 to 2019.
CLEEN is a non-governmental organization established January 1998 with the mission to promote public safety, security and accessible justice through empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programs and publications, in partnership with government, civil society and the private sector.
It emerged in response to military dictatorship characterized by social violations and impunity by security government officials and the need for improved service delivery to citizens of Nigeria, Africa and and the entire world.
In 21 years, the foundation has contributed in improving the understanding and eliminating, discriminatory attitudes and practices and enhanced access to justice and ably supported the establishment of the Gender Desk and Complaints Response Unit (CRU) of the Nigeria Police Force, in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission and Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) Foundation to organize Public
CLEEN has contributed in promoting, protecting, defending, monitoring and reporting social vices and fostered civil military relations in Nigeria, as it is collaborating with the Nigerian Army on its objectives.
As part of its efforts in improving security sector accountability and human rights compliance in countering violent extremism in Nigeria, it has been working with various state and non-state actors to enhance interagency coordination, collaboration and cooperation between the state and non-state actors in the North-East.
It is the first African based non-profit organization to win the MacArthur Foundation award for creative and effective institutions in 2006.
Other awards include:
The Best e-Governance Project 2016 Award (National Information Technology Development Agency-Nihilent e-Governance), Advocate of Peace and Social Justice Award 2016, The Best NGO in ICT Deployment 2016 Award (National Information Technology Development Agency -Nihilent e-Governance) and the University of Lagos Human Rights Advocacy and Partnership Award 2019.
CLEEN Foundation has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul, The Gambia.
The NGO has its headquarters in Abuja with spread all over the country, like Lagos, Owerri and Benin City.
It is also located in countries of Africa and the rest of the world.