Welcome to another edition LEDAP Nigeria’s Weekly Newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest Human Rights News and updates in the law, What we are up to and Upcoming Events.
16th-20th July 2018 2018

“It is in your hands to make the world a better place.” 

—Nelson Mandela


LPPC Confers SAN Rank on 31 Senior Lawyers

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, LPPC, on 11th July 2018, elevated 31 senior lawyers to the rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, among them, National Coordinator, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, Mr Chinonye Obiagwu; Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun and Attorneys General of Lagos and Ondo States, Mosediq Kazeem and Adekola Olawole. Read more

House Committee in Partnership with NCICC Hold Public Hearing

Nigeria’s House of Representatives’ Committee on Treaties, Protocols, and Agreement on Wednesday in Abuja began a public hearing on a “bill for an act to provide for enforcement and punishment of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and for other related offences.” Read more

Group Asks ICC to Tackle Buhari on Middle Belt Killing

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) has called on  the court prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to engage President Muhammadu Buhari on the continued killings in the North-central and North-eastern parts of the country. Read more

Ekiti Governorship Election Credible – Observers

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) based in Ekiti State on Monday affirmed that the July 14 governorship election won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, reflected the wishes of the electorate. The three groups – New Initiative for Social Development (NISD), Centre for Social Justice, Good Health and Community Development (CENSJHOD) and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) – condemned vote buying at the poll. Read more


Iceland Replaces US on Human Rights Council

Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the US, which withdrew from the body in June, citing bias. The UN General Assembly elected Iceland to serve on the Geneva-based global rights body effective immediately, through to the end of 2019. Read more


International Criminal Court Treaty Turns 20
Last week was the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that led to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. The court, with its mandate to prosecute atrocity crimes, has a more crucial role than ever. Read more


FG Orders AGF To Fast-track Decongestion Of Prisons In Nigeria

The Federal Government has directed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, (AGF), Abubakar Malami to fast-track the decongestion of prisons and set up a stakeholders committee to that effect.  Read more


Stop Paying Lip Service to Prison Congestion – CURE-Nigeria Tells Federal Government

Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, CURE-Nigeria has accused the Federal Government of paying lip service to the nagging issue of prison congestion in Nigeria. Read more

Cameroon Unrest Drives 180,000 from Their Homes

Human Rights Watch on Thursday blamed Cameroon’s government forces and separatists for worsening violence in the country’s anglophone regions which has left scores dead and displaced over 180,000 people. Read more

UN, AU to come to Nigeria & other Conflict Areas in Africa

The UN Security Council and the Africa Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) have agreed to embark on a joint visit to conflict areas in Africa. The members of the two councils held their 12th annual joint consultative meeting in New York and issued a joint communique. Read more

UN Raises Alarm over Herdsmen killings, warns Nigeria

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, says the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier. Chambas,in a report presented to the UN Security Council, said the violence was a major security threat in the region, warning that it risks changing into terrorist attacks. Read more

UN Cautions Nigerian Media Against Conflict Promotion

The United Nations has called on the media in Nigeria to stop promoting conflicts in the interest of peace and justice, adding that it must facilitate informed debates with opportunities for all citizens to express their views. Read more


Nigeria Committed To Better Environment, Human Rights — Speaker Dogara

Speaker of the Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reaffirmed the commitment of the green chamber to prioritising issues related to human rights and protection of the environment. Read more
UNESCO Advocates Global Priotization of Press Freedom
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has called on governments across the globe to create policies that promote freedom of the press. UNESCO on its website said “the free-flow of ideas, words and pictures is a catalyst for freedom of expression and sustainability of global peace. Read more
UN Celebrates Mandela

The UN is to mark the 100th anniversary of former South African President Nelson Mandela in recognition for his global contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Read more

Nigeria Believes in the Respect for Human Rights, President tells ICC

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the International Criminal Court that Nigeria cooperates fully with the court because it is a firm believer in the respect for the rule of law and human rights. Read more
“ACJA’s domestication will Guarantee Speedy Justice Delivery, Rule of Law”
The domestication and implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) will quicken the dispensation of justice and observance to human rights in Nigeria, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has said. Read more



Ensuring that the ICC Rises to the Challenge

“This sad situation is a far cry from the summer of 1998, when many governments with the support of nongovernmental organizations came together in Rome to create the ICC.” Read more
“These Killings Can Be Stopped”

Abuses by Government and Separatist Groups in Cameroon’s Anglophone Regions

Cameroon, a bilingual and multicultural country known for its stability and its strong alliances with France and the US, is slipping into a protracted human rights crisis in the largely Anglophone North-West and South-West regions that border Nigeria. Read more

Make Everyday A Mandela Day
Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. It is. not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Read more
Countering Rape Culture In Nigeria

There are cultural practices that society engages in that excuse or otherwise tolerate sexual assault. These practices are counterproductive to eliminating sexual violence from our society, begging the questions about what rape culture really entails and how it presents itself. Read more



LEDAP Joins Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI) for “Vote Not Fight” Workshop

LEDAP’s, Zonal Coordinator for Osun State, Mr. Dare Adeoye was at the “Vote Not Fight” workshop organised by the Kimpact Developmemt Initiative to educate and mobilise stakeholers on the upcoming 2018 Governorship Gubernatorial Elections. Read more
LEDAP Anti-Torture Project to Commence Training in Yobe State

The Anti-Torture Project will commence the training of 6o police officers in Yobe State on torture prevention strategies, human rights and sexual and gender based violence norms. The training will take place from the 31st July to 1st August 2018. For live updates on the training follow the project on T
witter, Facebook and Instagram and follow the conversation using #stoptorture9ja
LEDAP, National Judicial Institute, and AfricaLii commence Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) 

Nigeria Legal Information Institute(NigeriaLii) is aimed at bringing legal materials, all laws and case decisions in Nigeria free of charge to the public. The official launch is coming up soon but the NigeriaLii portal currently contains several thousands of case decisions, statutes, rules of court, and other legal materials. Visit the NigeriaLii website here to read the most recent court judgments.


Free Basic Education is an Enforceable Right: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) GTE & LTD V Federal Ministry of Education & Anor

In the instant case of LEDAP v Federal Ministry of Education & Anor, the Federal High Court sitting at Abuja held that that failure to adopt and implement free, compulsory and Universal Primary education and free junior secondary education is a breach of the constitutional obligation of the government. Read the full judgement  on the Nigerialii website here.

Locking Up A Customer For Failure To Pay Debt Is False Imprisonment, Court Rules

A High Court of Anambra State presided over by Hon. Justice Okuma, has ruled that the act of Corporate Institutions, especially, Hospitals locking up their customers/clients from exiting their premises on the guise that they must complete payment amounts to false imprisonment. Read more


Afam Osigwe V NBA President & Ors: Court Orders That Defendants Be Put On Notice

Justice Chukwudi. C. Okaa of Nnewi High Court in Anambra State has ordered that the Incorporated trustee of the NBA and other defendants in the suit brought against them by Mazi Afam Osigwe, be put on notice before the court can hear the Ex-parte application filed. Read more



Strategy and Advocacy Meeting of African Civil Society Network on International Justice

The African Civil Society Network on International Justice, will meet on the 31st to 1st August in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The purpose of the meeting is to consolidate and strengthen the Network as a platform for Civil Society Organisations working on international justice in Africa.
NHRC Public Hearing on SARS Complaints

In light of the numerous complaints against the Special Anti Robbery Squad around the country, the National Human Rights Commission will be holding public hearings across the country. The first hearing, will hold in the South East Geopolitical Zone of the country from the 31st July to 2nd August 2018 at the Federal High Court, Enugu.
Call for Reports For 29th session of the Committee for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW)
The Committee is calling on representatives of national and international CSOs to provide country-specific information on issues relevant to the implementation of the Convention by the State parties under consideration. Deadline for submission is 13th August 2018. Read more

Tenth Session of Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards
The 10th session of the committee has been rescheduled and will hold from the 8th to 19th of October 2018 in Geneva. Read more

The Social Forum of the Human Rights Council

The Social Forum is an annual three-day meeting convened by the Human Rights Council. It is a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations, on a theme chosen by the Council each year. This year’s Social Forum will hold from the 1st to 3rd October 2018 in Geneva. Read more

Legal Empowerment Leadership Course 2018

Applications are now open for the 4th edition of the annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. The course is a collaboration between the CEU’s School of Public Policy, the Open Society Justice Initiative,Namati, and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights  at New York University School of Law. The course will hold from the 2nd to 7th of December. Find out more here

Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 

Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2018 are open. Do you know of somebody who has made a significant contribution to combating discrimination or advancing equality, but who has not yet received the credit they deserve? If so, please nominate them for the fourth annual Bob Hepple Equality Award. Deadline for application is 31st July 2018. Read more

IDRC Research Awards 2018 for Research Internships

The International Development Research Center Research award recipients will join IDRC for a one-year paid program to undertake research on the topic they have submitted, and will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration. The award is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university. The deadline is 5th Spetember 2018Read more

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