Review of Human Rights in Nigeria

All of the issues raised in ERI’s joint submission (drafted in partnership with Vivat International, the Daughters of Charity and the Dominicans for Justice and Peace) were the subject of recommendations put forward at the recent UPR Review of Nigeria.

The issue of Human Trafficking was especially prominent, where Nigeria was urged to do more to implement its existing legislation and address the issue.

Other issues that received significant attention included the need to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed by security forces and other armed groups, the situation of internally displaced and stateless persons, violence against women, female genital mutilation, the rights of persons with disability and corruption in government. The issues of involvement of children in armed conflict and worker’s rights were also raised.

Although not addressed in ERI’s joint submission,other issues that featured prominently included improving access to quality education and health services, the abolition of the death penalty, the empowerment of women to ensure they have a greater role in political and public life, press and media freedom, poverty, housing and the ending of discrimination based on sexual or gender identity.

The full list of recommendations made can be found here

Nigeria will indicate which recommendations it will accept by June.

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