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Activities of the Commission


Since its establishment the Commission has demonstrated an expansive capacity to tackle issues of human rights through various activities, ranging from public enlightenment and education, investigation of complaints, mediation and conciliation, conflict resolution, peace building, research advocacy and training programmes on contemporary issues in the field of human rights. These were given effect through an effective complaint treatment mechanism, regular hosting of enlightenment seminars, workshops, rallies and continuous reengineering of strategies which culminated in the National Action Plan (NAP) for the promotion and protection of human rights. The NAP has been deposited with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) as a benchmark for assessing Nigeria's human rights records, as well as government's commitment towards the promotion and protection of human right.

HUMAN RIGHT PROMOTION


The Commission, realizing that human rights campaign cannot be achieved solely through the development of protective laws or establishment of mechanisms to implement those laws, engages in series of educational and public enlightenment programmes to raise public awareness on human rights issues. The Commission regularly holds workshops, seminars, conferences and interactive sessions with relevant stakeholders. The Commission has also engaged in continuous media advocacy and periodic publications aimed at disseminating appropriate human rights messages. Sensitization, education and enlightenment programmes have also been carried out by the Commission in collaboration with NGOs and CBOs, to raise awareness on human rights throughout the country. Village Square meetings are also held across the country to discuss the mandate of the Commission and other issues of relevance to specific local environments.

HUMAN RIGHT PROTECTION


A robust and effective complaint treatment mechanism has been put in place at the Headquarters and all the six Zonal Offices to handle all complaints of human rights violations. Additional offices are now being established to increase access to the Commission's complaint-treatment mechanism. All victims of human rights violations can therefore access the services of the Commission free of charge, at any of the Commission's offices.

HUMAN RIGHT ENFORCEMENT


There has been a high level of compliance with the decisions of the commission by alleged violators of human rights since its establishment in 1995. The NHRC (Amendment) Act, 2010 has however conferred on the commission express powers to enforce her decisions. Under this provision, decisions of the commission's Governing Council are registrable as decisions of the High Court.



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NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

DIRECTIVE NHRC/001/2018

DIRECTIVES ON TREATMENT OF ACCUSED PERSONS AND SUSPECTS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.

This directive is issued in fulfillment of the mandate of the Commission to, deal with all matters relating to the promotion and protection of human rights, do all such things that are incidental, necessary or conducive or expedient for the performance of its functions and to carry out all such other functions as are necessary or expedient for the performance of its functions under the Enabling Act as amended. Read More...

OJUKWU ASSUMES OFFICE AS NHRC BOSS


Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu Esq on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018 officially assumed office as the Substantive Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) following his nomination by the President and subsequent confirmation by the Senate.
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