Press Release

At the 2009 United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nigeria, the federal government supported among other several recommendations to institutionalize a National Consultative Forum to promote dialogue in the field of human rights. The Annual Human Rights Summit will therefore provide the platform for human rights stakeholders to meet annually to put into proper perspectives various issues concerning the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.

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Nigeria joins the rest of Africa every 21st October to commemorate the African Human Rights Day.  This is a Day set aside by the regional body under the auspices of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights to reaffirm commitment to the principle of the dignity and equality of all human beings and to seek among other objectives the promotion, respect for Human and Peoples Rights and fundamental freedoms for all Africans without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion. 
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The National Human Rights Commission has condemned in its strongest terms the prevalence of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the country, especially the several allegations of sex for marks being perpetrated by lecturers in institutions of higher learning. 

Reacting to the media report making the rounds on the alleged case of “sex for mark by a UNILAG lecturer, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq said until stringent measures are taken and perpetrators of these heinous acts adequately prosecuted, the menace may continue to linger”.

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