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A complete of 1, 287, 706 petitions on human rights violations had been filed by Nigerians on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in 2020, information obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has proven.
The petitions had been filed on the NHRC headquarters in Abuja and its branches within the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
They had been largely filed in opposition to people, Nigeria’s judiciary system and legislation enforcement companies.
The alleged violations had been in 14 broad areas particularly sexual and gender based mostly violence; girls and gender rights; youngster rights; freedom/liberty of individuals; proper to life; freedom of faith; and legislation enforcement and human dignity.
Others are labour rights; freedom from discrimination; judiciary, rule of legislation and entry to justice; proper of the aged; Niger Delta and setting; and others.
Uncommon 12 months, occasions
Arguably probably the most turbulent years within the historical past of the world, 2020 will proceed to reverberate within the minds of many Nigerians for uncommon occasions.
Apart its hyperlink with the outbreak of the lethal coronavirus, an occasion Nigeria and the remainder of the world are but to recuperate from, 2020 has singled itself out due to the social cum political marketing campaign tagged #EndSARS.
The marketing campaign which strictly began as an enormous resistance in opposition to police brutality later metamorphosed right into a name to finish unhealthy governance amidst the biting impression of COVID-19.
Whereas COVID-19 halted the social and financial way of life of Nigerians and despatched many again residence, #ENDSARS took others, majorly youth to the streets to protest.
It was within the midst of those historic occasions that Nigeria recorded but a staggering file of human rights violations filed on the human rights fee.
With figures to match, Nigeria is arguably one of many nations on this planet the place human rights are routinely violated, often with out commensurate punishments.
Within the context of COVID-19, #EndSARS protests, amongst different occasions, the uncooked information PREMIUM TIMES obtained from NHRC confirmed a noticeable improve in violations in opposition to the rights of Nigerian in 2020.
After weeks of cautious information collation throughout the nation, NHRC streamlined the entire complaints filed by people, teams or organisations into 14 broad classes of human rights violations within the 12 months underneath overview.
The fee additional categorised the complaints into 58 thematic focal factors.
With 212,480 petitions confirmed to have been filed, violations of the rightd of youngsters topped the chart.
From youngster labour, youngster trafficking and abuse to denial of the proper to training, the information clearly instructed that kids had been extremely affected by the developments peculiar to 2020.
The rationale for this will not be divorced from the truth that educational periods from major to greater establishments had been positioned on maintain, exposing kids to hostile therapy from dad and mom, siblings, household, mates and neighbours.
Violation of various labour rights is second on the chart with 193,960 complaints filed in opposition to people, firms and organisations throughout the nation.
Although Nigeria was not listed among the many prime ten worst nations for employees’ rights within the June 2020 World Rights Index of Worldwide Commerce Union Confederation (ITUC), the information exhibits that many employees’ rights within the nation weren’t extremely upheld not solely by the involved individuals and organisations but additionally by the legislation.
Petitions on sexual and gender-based violence, girls rights violation, legislation enforcement and human dignity additionally fashioned a big proportion of the entire complaints obtained by the NHRC between January and December 2020.
Whereas sexual and gender-based violence and girls rights violation account for 128,320 and 104,000 of the entire variety of complaints respectively, petitions in opposition to legislation enforcement brokers and companies totalled 111,880.
The rationale for this will not be unconnected to COVID-19 and protests in opposition to the age lengthy police brutality.
Apparently, regardless of the harassment of some journalists and different media personalities by safety operatives in 2020, not a single petition on obstruction to press freedom was filed or revealed.
In the meantime, talking on the petitions, NHRC Director, Ladies and Kids Division, Harry Obe, mentioned the biggest variety of complaints got here from the North-east area of the nation.
“I can’t communicate to particular figures with you however I do know as of indisputable fact that the very best variety of instances got here from the North-east, the place we’ve the battle and the reason being not far-fetched,” Mr Obe informed PREMIUM TIMES.
“As of September 2020, Borno State was the very best. That was the report I obtained from the state.”
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