Publications

FOREWORD

The present management developed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022, because it is desirous of strengthening the operations of the Commission to enable it deliver effectively on its expanded mandate as provided by the National Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Act, 2010.

This Strategic Plan further positions the Commission to achieve its vision of being one of the foremost National Human Rights Institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights globally.

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PREFACE

The year 2020 was a very challenging one for the country in general. There was a rising wave of kidnappings, banditry, farmers/herders conflicts, as well as un-abating insurgency, which threw up a number of human rights challenges. The year also witnessed an increasing turbulence in the polity as a result of ethnic and nationalistic agitations by sections of the country, as well as the #EndSARS protests, coupled with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

The year was particularly challenging for the Commission as the national institution for promoting and protecting the rights of Nigerians and residents, as all the aforementioned challenges had attendant human rights and humanitarian implications. The year was therefore a busy one for the Commission in spite of the lockdown and restriction of movements occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FOREWORD

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a human rights promotion and protection mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006.

The HRC in its Resolution 5/1 of 18 June, 2007 set out the detailed guidelines of the review process. The fist cycle of the review covers 2008-2011.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The National Human Rights Commission acknowledges the efforts and sacrifice of members of staff of the Commission that took part in the 16 days activism on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the 36 States of the Federation including the FCT. Indeed, the awareness raising campaigns, roundtable discussions and advocacy meetings across the country is reflected in this assessment which highlights the incidences of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Country.

The Commission recognizes the profound support and drive of the Executive Secretary, Tony Okechukwu Ojukwu Esq towards the successful campaign culminating in this assessment. Our profound appreciation also goes to Okwa Morphy and Benedict Agu who coordinated the compilation of findings from across the States.

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