NIGERIA GOES FOR 3RD CYCLE HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW AT THE UN SOON --- AG. ES, NHRC

Posted: 2017-07-18


The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mrs. Oti Ovrawah has said that human rights situation in Nigeria would be due for another review process in June 2018, making it the third review cycle for the nation.

The Acting Executive Secretary disclosed this in Abuja during the inauguration of an Inter-Ministerial Committee to prepare Nigeria's third cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights situation in the country.

Mrs. Ovrawah expressed satisfaction with the various steps being taken by the federal government to ensure a successful 3rd cycle review of human rights situation in the country.

Earlier, the Acting Secretary to Government of the Federation, Dr. Habiba Lawal who performed the inauguration said that since the last review in 2013, important developments and achievements had been recorded by Nigeria in the implementation of its voluntary commitments.

According to Dr. Lawal, the terms of reference to guide the committee include: "to prepare and submit to the federal government a draft report of the human rights situation in Nigeria in accordance with the UNHRC guidelines for the purpose of the review and to access the level of implementation of previous recommendations made to Nigeria by the UNHRC during the second review cycle and to take appropriate steps towards the implementation of recommendations accepted by Nigeria".

Beside, the committee is charged with the responsibility "to plan and coordinate the processes necessary for the preparation of the Universal Periodic Review country report including the engagement of consultants to work on the draft".

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun thanked the federal government for the honour and opportunity to serve in the Committee. The chairman who is also the Solicitor General of the Federation on behalf of members promised to carry out the assignment dutifully even as he requested that the necessary logistics and funds be provided in order for them to have a hitch free work.

Other members of the committee were drawn from Ministries of Justice, Interior, Health, Education, Women Affairs, Nigeria Police Force, Civil Society Organisations, National Human Rights Commission and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) among others.

The committee has about six months to submit its report to the federal government.


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