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The situation in Nigeria regarding human rights is complex despite effort to protect it —Tony Ojukwu

opera.com 2024/2/24

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that it will stop legislation that could infringe upon citizens' human rights from being passed, according to Arise Tv. When the commission held events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Chief Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the NHRC, gave a media statement (UDHR).

Ojukwu disclosed that in order to address the function of Human Rights Committees in furthering human rights, the NHRC is planning a Legislative Forum on Human Rights. He emphasized that Nigeria faces many difficulties, such as poverty, inequality, discrimination, insecurity, and lax law enforcement that results in wrongful arrests, extended detentions, and extrajudicial killings, despite the nation's adherence to international treaties and the passage of laws protecting human rights.

He states that "despite Nigeria's commitment to international treaties and its efforts in enacting laws to protect human rights, the situation regarding human rights in the country is complex."

The Legislative Forum seeks to bring together key decision-makers from the federal and state legislatures, as well as representatives from the judiciary, civil society organizations, human rights and legal experts, and foreign development partners.

According to Ojukwu, the event will offer a vital arena for substantive conversations, raised consciousness, and reinforced adherence to human rights norms inside legislative bodies.

The Executive Secretary of the NHRC reaffirmed the commission's dedication to backing laws that uphold human rights and opposing those that do not. There will be mechanisms in place to guarantee that laws that violate human rights are not signed into law.

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