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The National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria was established by the National Human Rights Commission Rights 1995 (as amended) in line with Resolution 48/134 of the United Nations General Assembly which enjoins all member states to establish independent National Institutions for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights.
The Executive Secretary - Mr Tony Ojukwu The Commission serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the respect and enjoyment of human rights. It also provides avenues for public enlightenment, research, and dialogue in order to raise awareness on Human Rights issues.
The National Human Rights Commission is currently headed by the Executive Secretary, Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu Esq. Who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

There are 13 Departments in the administrative structure of the Commission namely:• Human Rights Institute, • Human Rights Education & Promotion,• Finance and Account Civil & Political Rights, • Economic Social & Cultural Rights, • Women, Children & Vulnerable Groups, • Legal Services & Enforcement, • Human Resource Management, • Corporate Affairs & External Linkages Directorate, • Reform Co-ordination & Service Improvement, • Planning, Statistics & Documentation, • Directorate of Procurement, • Monitoring Department.

There are 4 functional units in the Commission, they include: • Council Secretariat, • Internal Audit, • Complaints Registry, • Information and Communication Technology.

The NHRC presently has State offices in all 36 states of the country and the FCT.

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The Executive Secretary at the United Nations Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

The United Nations Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) meeting is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.


Reprieve is coming the way of Nigerian women seeking political office as a Bill seeking to support women participation in elective political positions is on the way. Titled 'Women Participation in Elective Support Bill 2018" the bill will affirm the international standard that the right of citizens of Nigeria to participate in politics do not depend on whether they are male or female.

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