NEWSLETTER FOR 28TH May – 1ST June 2018

 

HELLO,
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.
21st–25th May 2018

“Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.” – 

Pope Francis

NEWS   

LEDAP Seeks to Reduce Incidences of Torture, Training of Police officers
Buoyed by the desire to reduce the incidences of torturing suspects in Nigeria, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has commenced the training of police officers in Lagos. The training, which is in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Funds (UNDF) and National Committee Against Torture (NCAT) is christened, ‘Community Mobilization Against Tortured’. Read more

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LEDAP Warns Institutions against Post -UTME Screening, says Court Order Subsists

The Legal Defence and  Assistance Project (LEDAP) has warned managers of the nation’s tertiary institutions against conducting the Post – Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), warning that there’s a subsisting order of the court against the exercise. Read more

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A Minute of Silence for Victims of Nigeria’s Epidemic of Violence

Nigerian civil society groups declared Monday, 28th May 2018 a national day of mourning and remembrance to honour the victims of violence across the country. The observation of a minute of silence  was to call attention to the inadequate response of Nigerian security agencies to the epidemic of violence, a response that’s been criticized for being  slow and inefficient. Read more 

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Innocent Idibia, Oby Ezekwesili, others march against Violent Killings in Nigeria

Nigerian artiste, 2Face Idibia, former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili and human rights lawyer, Chidi Odinkalu joined other Nigerians to march against violent killings across the country. The peaceful walk was organised by the  Civil Society Joint Nigeria Crisis Action Committee (JN-CAC) to honour and mourn those who have been killed in recent times in the country. Read more

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Demand Justice for Abused Survivors of Boko Haram

Thousands of women and girls have survived Boko Haram only to face attacks and abuse from the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them. A group of displaced women called the Knifar Movement are campaigning for justice and for their husbands to be released. The group submitted detailed testimony to a Presidential Investigative Panel about the violations that they faced but the report is yet to be released. Amnesty International is calling on your support to put pressure on the president to release the report. To support the call for the release of the report, sign the petition here

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Ireland Votes by Landslide to Legalise Abortion

Ireland has voted by a landslide to repeal its near-total ban on abortion, an extraordinary victory for women’s rights that seals the country’s transformation from bastion of religious conservatism to one of Europe’s most tolerant democracies. Read more

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Gender Pay Gap Costs Global Economy $160tn, says World Bank study

Gender equality would enrich the global economy by an estimated $160tn (£120tn) if women were earning as much as men in the workplace, a study by the World Bank has found. Read more

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Shiite Killings in Nigeria: U.S knocks FG over failure to act on report indicting troops

The United States in its International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 has faulted the Nigerian government for failing to act on a report indicting the Nigerian Army on the clash between soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement. The report was released on 29th May by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour. View the full report here

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SERAP Secures Judgment Ordering President Muhammadu Buhari to Look into Allegations of Corruption

A judgement delivered on 27th May 2018 by Justice Mohammed Idris, following a mandamus with suit no: FHC/L/CS/1821/2017 brought by the  Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has ordered President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently instruct security and anti-corruption agencies to forward to him reports of their investigations into allegations of budget padding and stealing of some N481 billion from the 2016 budget by some principal officers of the National Assembly.” Read more

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Saudi Arabia Outlaws Sexual Harassment

Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment. The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, passed a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a maximum penalty of 300,000 riyals ($80,000). Read more

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Nigerian Activists Warn IDPs of Human Trafficking Risk

Human rights activists say countless women and girls who were living in IDP camps in northeast Nigeria have been lured to other countries under false pretenses for sex work or slave labor. A new campaign is trying to educate women about the dangers. In Maiduguri, Chika Oduah went out with the campaigners and interviewed two women who were trafficked abroad and are now back in Nigeria. Watch here

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Activists Create African Human Rights Media Network

Human rights activists based in Nigeria have established the African Human Rights Media Network, which promotes awareness and respect for the rights of minorities, including sexual minorities, throughout the continent. RightsAfrica.com is the central website for the network. Read more

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ICRC Partners Nigerian Police on Rights of Detainees

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is partnering the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to evaluate how the legal system in Nigeria is handling the pre-trial of detainees. Read more

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NHRC Seeks Partnership of Prisons on Human Right Protection

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought partnership with Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) on human right protection. The newly appointed Cordinator of NHRC, Mr Nuhu Mohammed made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the controller of prisons Niger state command, Baba Gana in his office. Read more

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U.S. to Designate Nigeria ‘Country of Particular Concern’ Over Killings

Against the backdrop of incessant killings in Nigeria, particularly the predominantly Muslim herdsmen slaying Christian farmers, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended to the US government that Nigeria should be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern”. Read more

 

OPINION 


Rethinking Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Nigeria: Why Abortion Laws Need Reform

“It is no news that many women around the world today are still being denied  key sexual and reproductive rights i.e. their right to enjoy control over and make decisions on their sexual and reproductive health without discrimination, coercion, detention, or violence. But perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in Nigeria, where a woman cannot autonomously decide the number and timing of children she wishes to have.” Read more

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18th Democracy Day: How Has Nigeria Fared?

“What Nigeria has become of in the last 19 years of democratic rule calls for reflections. Howbeit, with the gradual development witnessed over the years, Nigerians deserve to remember their past and celebrate a determined leadership now in place.” Read more

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Rapper Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’ video Holds up a Mirror for the Country

“While the concept for the ‘This is Nigeria,’ video isn’t original, what Falz did was internalize the message, pass it through his own artistic filter and bring it home to Nigeria to highlight the country’s numerous social ills.” Read more

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How Journalism Can Help Beat Human Traffickers in Nigeria

Nigerian journalist and rights advocate, Philip Obaji Jr. describes what working with children displaced by Boko Haram has taught him both about the power of storytelling and the importance of education – and access to clean water – to protect children at risk of trafficking. Read more

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Executed, Disappeared, Tortured: The risks of Defending Human Rights

According to the human rights organisation, Front Line Defenders, 312 human rights activists were murdered in 2017. Of those killed, 212 were from Latin America. In the climate of fear following the murder of activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras, Lucy Lamble talks to Ana Paula Hernández about her work supporting campaigners who fight to protect native lands. Listen to the podcast here

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Community Development as if People Matter: Lessons from Nigeria

“The ways in which communities themselves foster sustainable development have not been adequately studied in most poor societies. Communities acting on the ground, of course, often must balance competing environmental, economic, and social equity demands.” Read more

 

LEDAP@WORK 

LEDAP Writes Open Letter to Universities & Polytechnics on Post-UTME

Based on LEDAP’s recent court judgment obtained at the Federal High Court  in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/979/15 between: LEDAP and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)The Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), wherein the court held that only the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) can conduct matriculation examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions. LEDAP has written to inform Universities and Polytechnics that it would be in breach of the court order if they continue to conducting Post-UTME tests.  Read more

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LEDAP Commences Anti-Torture Training for Police Officersin Adamawa

LEDAP’s training of police officers on torture begins in Adamawa State. LEDAP will commence training of officers at the Adamawa State Command from the 6th to 7th June 2018. Sixty middle and senior officers will be trained on torture prevention strategies, human rights and sexual and gender based violence norms.  The training is part of LEDAP’s  Torture Prevention Project Targeting Police in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the National Committee against Torture. For live updates on the training, follow our twitter page @ledapnigeria

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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

 

PeepIntoTheLaw   


Proof Of Evidence, Preliminary Objections And The Recent Supreme Court Decision in UKIRI V. FRN

The Supreme Court in the recent case of  Ukiri Emonena Blessing v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2018) LPELR-44213(SC) held that  the failure to attach proof of evidence with a charge will only be fatal if the defendant is misled by the error. Read more

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Court Orders IGP, Police to Pay Delta Family N20m over Murder

The Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Thursday ordered the Nigerian Police Force to pay N10 million as compensation to the family of Alidu Hakeem, a commercial driver shot dead by a policeman at Saki. Hakeem was shot to death by a police inspector, Ifeayin Onynbu on March 9, 2016 along Saki-Okere International Market road in Saki. Read more

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Copyright Infringment: Court awards N5m against Clarence Peters

The Federal High Court in Lagos has entered judgment against music video director, Clarence Peters, for alleged copyright infringement. The judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun was in favour of Uwana Victor and Akan Victor, trading under the name, Black Alliance. Read more

 

PeepIntoTheLaw   


Proof Of Evidence, Preliminary Objections And The Recent Supreme Court Decision in UKIRI V. FRN

The Supreme Court in the recent case of  Ukiri Emonena Blessing v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2018) LPELR-44213(SC) held that  the failure to attach proof of evidence with a charge will only be fatal if the defendant is misled by the error. Read more

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Court Orders IGP, Police to Pay Delta Family N20m over Murder

The Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Thursday ordered the Nigerian Police Force to pay N10 million as compensation to the family of Alidu Hakeem, a commercial driver shot dead by a policeman at Saki. Hakeem was shot to death by a police inspector, Ifeayin Onynbu on March 9, 2016 along Saki-Okere International Market road in Saki. Read more

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Copyright Infringment: Court awards N5m against Clarence Peters

The Federal High Court in Lagos has entered judgment against music video director, Clarence Peters, for alleged copyright infringement. The judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun was in favour of Uwana Victor and Akan Victor, trading under the name, Black Alliance. Read more

 

EVENTS  

Call for Applications: Master’s degree in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria now offers a LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa) degree. This two-year programme is offered as a blended learning course comprising of online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria.  Up to 15 full scholarships are available for African students. Deadline for applications: 31 July 2018. Apply here

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Nigerian National Human Rights Commission, Journal Call for Papers

The Editorial Committee of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission Journal, a publication of the National Human Rights Commission, invites scholarly full length articles, commentaries and notes on contemporary issues of human rights for the 8th edition of the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission Journal. Papers received on or before the 28th of July 2018 will be considered for publication.  Read more

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IWMF Women’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories 2018
Applications are now open for the IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society. It is a new funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. Applications close on the 29th of June 2018.  Read more

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Countering Violent Extremism West Africa

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa Regional Peace and Governance Office (RPGO) seeks to award up to four (4) Cooperative Agreements to research and pilot Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) approaches in West Africa under this Annual Program Statement (APS). The APS will feature elements of co-creation that will provide direct engagement of USAID in the design of applications following the presentation of concept notes. The maximum award amount is not expected to exceed US$1,500,000 or duration of two years. Read more

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Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

In view of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the declaration of human rights defenders, the Special Rapporteur will be reporting on the situation of human rights defenders. To this end a questionnaire on the situation of human rights defenders has been prepared for civil society organisations to complete.The deadline for submission is 13th June 2018. Read more

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