FG Pledges to Abide by Human Rights Obligations

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to live up to her international obligations on human rights.

Malami, made this known at the opening of the National Stakeholders Consultative/Validation Forum on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), pledging Nigeria’s 3rd Cycle to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday in Abuja.

The AGF enumerated the steps taken by the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the outstanding human rights treaties and optional protocols, incorporate in national legislation the international human rights instruments to which Nigeria has acceded, and to reinforce anti-corruption laws.

“Let me reassure you of the commitment of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to live up to her international obligations under the various human rights mechanisms,” he said.

Also speaking, the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, explained that Nigeria’s third cycle report complies with general guidelines adopted by the council at its sixth session on September 27, 2007.

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Anthony Ojukwu, disclosed that the organization is putting in place a National Policy on Protection of Civilians in times of conflict and a National Action Plan on human rights, which is currently undergoing zonal consultations.