Publications

PREFACE

In the year 2019, the Commission recorded major milestones in ensuring the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in the country. The Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu, Esq. actualized the realization of establishing the National Human Rights Commission offices in all the 36 States of the federation including the FCT in order to increase visibility and accessibility of the Commission. Prior to that, the Commission had offices in 24 States. Also the Commission employed and trained 210 staff whose capacities on human rights defence were broadened so as to provide effective response to complaints on human rights violations and abuses.

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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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