The Commission


The National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria was established by the National Human Rights Commission Act 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 Commission serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the enhancement of the respect for 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 Acting Executive Secretary - Mrs. Oti Ovrawah The Commission is headed by the Executive Secretary who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
There are six departments in the administrative structure of the Commission namely: Admin, LID, Finance and Accounts, Public Affairs and Communications, Planning, Research and Statistics, and Monitoring and External Programmes.
There are three Units under the Executive Secretary's Office, namely, the Council Secretariat, Audit and Public Interest litigation Units.
The Commission also has six zonal offices representing the six geo-political zones of the country, namely; North West Zone (Kano), North East Zone (Maiduguri), North Central (Jos), South West (Lagos), South East (Enugu) and South South (Port Harcourt).

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ZAMBIAN DELEGATION LAUDS NHRC's UPR PROCESS


The Vice Chairperson of Zambian Human Rights Commission, Kondwa Chibiya has lauded the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission's Universal Periodic Review process (UPR) saying that her country is desirous of taking a cue from it.
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NHRC ORGANISES HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING FOR POLICE OFFICERS IN SIX GEOPOLITICAL ZONES.


The National Human Rights Commission has trained Nigerian police officers across the six geopolitical zones of the country to enable them mainstream human rights principles in the course of their duties.
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