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NEWSLETTER FOR 16TH JULY- 20TH JULY 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.
16th-20th July 2018 2018

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

—Nelson Mandela

NEWS   

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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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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
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“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

 

OPINION 


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
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“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

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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
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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@WORK 

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
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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
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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 to read the most recent court judgments.

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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.

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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

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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

 

EVENTS  

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.
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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.
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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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NEWSLETTER FOR 26TH -30TH MARCH 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.
26th – 30th March 2018

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”– Nelson Mandela

NEWS   


UNHCR Urges the Cameroonian Government to Respect Human Rights

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has appealed to the Government of Cameroon to respect the human rights of all citizens for the sake of peace. Read more

Nigeria-Morocco Pipe: Forty NGOS Condemn it

Forty Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) including ones from Nigeria and Morocco have condemned a 2016 plan to link both countries by gas pipeline. Read more

UNPO Submits Report for Universal Periodic Review on Nigeria

On 27 March 2018, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) jointly submitted a report to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of the 31st session of the Universal Periodic Review, during which Nigeria is under consideration. This report draws attention to human rights violations occurring in Ogoniland with a particular focus on violations resulting from oil exploitation in the Niger Delta region. Read more

Group Condemn Alleged DSS Attack on NBA

A pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has condemned the alleged raid on the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch by the Nigerian Police and the DSS. Read more

Human Trafficking: Centre for African Development Trains 120 Law Advocates

The Center for African Development in collaboration with the  National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) trained 120 Law Students on anti-human trafficking. Read more

Civil Society, Lawyers Defy Police, Stage Anti-Tax Protest

Civil society groups and members of the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) defied the police on Thursday to protest the controversial Land Use Charge and other taxes rolled out by the Lagos State Government. Read more

Court Jails Slave Owners for Up to 20 Years in Mauritania

A court in Mauritania has sentenced two slave owners to between 10 and 20 years in jail. Human rights activists have celebrated the ruling, which they say is the harshest anti-slavery decision in the country’s history. Read more

SERAP Condemns Nigerian Government Offer Of Amnesty To Boko Haram Members

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned offer of amnesty by President Muhammadu Buhari to ‘repentant’ members of Boko Haram terrorist sect, urging the Federal Government to instead ensure that victims of atrocities of the insurgent group get justice. Read more

Seven Energy Reaffirms Commitment to Security, Human Rights
Seven Energy, the leading indigenous integrated gas development, production and distribution company in south east Nigeria, has reaffirmed its commitment to implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights initiative (VPI) when it hosted the Steering Committee of the VPI at the Seven Energy Security Forum in Eket, Akwa Ibom State. Read more

CSNAC Petitions EFCC, Seeks Investigation Of Communication Minister, Adebayo Shittu

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC),which  is a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organization, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to beam its eagle eyes on the financial records of the Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, following allegations of corruption leveled against the Minister by one of its aide. Read more

Operation Python Dance: ICC to Investigate Killings of IPOB Members

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has indicated that it will investigate the September 2017 invasion of a community in Abia State, Nigeria by soldiers of the Nigeria Army during a military exercise codenamed Operation Python Dance. Read more

Inibehe Effiong Sues Akwa Ibom Government over Non-Release of Report, White Paper on Reigner’s Church collapse

A Lagos-based Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Activist, Mr. Inibehe Effiong has filed a lawsuit against the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State seeking the leave of the court to compel the state government to release the Report and White Paper of the Judicial Commission of the Inquiry into the Reigners Bible Church building collapse. Read more

OPINION 

‘No women, No growth’: Regressive Laws Prevent Economic Equality, says study

Legal barriers that prevent women from working or limit their opportunities to own a business are having a negative impact on global growth and economic equality, a World Bank study has found. Read more

Blackmail, Prejudice and Persecution: Gay Rights in Nigeria

“Gay people in Nigeria mostly socialise in homes, where gatherings take place between friends and networks of friends. But the trust afforded by these closed spaces is increasingly fragile.” Read more

Ogoni: Death and Prison will not Remedy the Need for Human Rights

Far from presenting a solution for systematic violation of human rights affecting minorities in the Ogoniland region, the Nigerian government has proposed to build a jail and a cemetery as a measure to appease civil unrest. Rather than attempting to cover the real problems, Abuja should aim to comply with the country’s obligation towards the communities living in Ogoniland, ensuring that the respect for environmental conditions and fundamental rights is observed. Read more

Individualised Activism With No Structural Analysis Offers Only Half Solutions

The world’s problems cannot be solved by individual activists and campaigners alone. We need to challenge the system that fuels authoritarianism directly. Read more

“Young people are not just the future of Nigeria. They are Nigeria today.”

Increasing youth representation in Nigeria’s closed political system will be an uphill battle, but Not Too Young To Run activists are ready to fight. Read more

Signing of Court Processes By a Law Firm: A Review of the Recent Case of Heritage Bank V. Bentworth

This write-up seeks to clarify the decision in the Heritage Bank Case with consideration given to the position of the courts on the proper person to sign court processes under Section 2 and 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act and the implication on proceedings arising thereupon. Read more

LEDAP@WORK 


A LinkedIn to Combat Rights Abuse?

LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu spoke with IRIN  about how a new website, named Who Was in Command, which helps track police and military personnel by publishing the names, ranks, and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt, and Mexico, has made his work a lot easier. Read more


Participation in NBA’s Criminal Justice Confab

LEDAP will participate in the Nigerian Bar Association’s  Criminal Justice Confab holding on the 25th-26th of April. LEDAP’s lead counsel Chino Obiagwu, who is also the alternate chair of the NBA Human Rights Institute, will be speaking on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and state level lessons at the forthcoming high level conference on criminal justice reform. To register and find out more, click here


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

LEDAP and Imo State Judiciary ACJA Bill Workshop
 In the last week of April 2018, LEDAP will partner with the Imo State Judiciary to hold a two day stakeholders workshop towards the  adoption of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in Imo state.

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Copyright Infringement: Court Awards N10m Against WEMA Bank, In Suit By Nigerian Model

A Federal High Court in Lagos has awarded the sum of N10 million in damages, against Wema Bank Plc, in a suit by an American-based Nigerian model, Nneoma Anosike, over infringement of her intellectual property. Read more

Lagos Government to Challenge Court Order Suspending Consumption Tax Law

The Lagos State Government has said it will appeal an injunction of a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, which temporarily restrained it from enforcing the provisions of the 2017 Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017. Read more

Journalist, Carl Umegboro Sues Abuja DisCo, Demands N292m for Libel and other Infringements

A writer and journalist, Carl Umegboro has sued the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc “AEDC” before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory demanding the sum of N292, 465,000:00 (two hundred and ninety two million, four hundred and sixty five thousand naira only) aggregately for nuisance, trespass to chattel, infringement of fundamental rights, defamation of his character and special damages.Read more

Court Bars Osun State Government From Arresting and Prosecuting NBA Chairman

The Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 barred the Osun State government and its agents from arresting, persecuting or prosecuting the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Chairman, Ilesa branch, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola. Read more

Appeal Court Ends 30yr-Old Chieftaincy Battle In Rivers Community

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has upheld its earlier judgment, which declared King Benson Mgbowaji Egwenre Oruk XVII as the legitimate Okan Ama of Ataba Kingdom in Andoni Local Government Area Of Rivers State. Read more

EVENTS  


3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty

The African Congress will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 9-10 April 2018. Over 300 participants are expected. LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu will be speaking on the topic, “Africans on death row in foreign countries, a consular duty” at the second workshop on the 10th of April from 3pm to 4pm. Read more

Nigerian Bar Association Section on Legal Practice Conference
The NBASLP Conference will hold on the from the 12th -13th of April 2018 at the NBA Port Harcourt branch house, bank road,Portharcourt,Rivers State. The theme of the conference is “RE-THINKING AND RE-TOOLING LEGAL PRACTICE FOR THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME.”

Two Day Consultative Stakeholder Meeting on Strengthening the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) in partnership with TrustAfrica has invited stakeholders to a two day consultative meeting on “Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice and enhancing Access to Justice in the West Africa Sub-Region” The event will take place on the 11th to the 12th of April 2018 at Rockview Hotels, Abuja.

Open Society offers Media Grants [West Africa]

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is accepting proposals to support initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Possible target areas include journalism, justice reform and the rule of law, the democratic practice and more. Proposals must promote investigative journalism and free, quality and independent media. The deadline is April 30. Find out more here

2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize call for nominations

The 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize will be given out at the United Nations in New York on Human Right Day, 10 December. Nominations are open until 6 April 2018. The prize to recognize individuals or organization for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights is given out every five years. Read more

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Newsletter for 19th – 23rd March 2018

 

HELLO,
Welcome to another edition of 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.
19th – 23rd March 2018

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King

 

NEWS   


Group Writes UN, Wants Herdsmen Attacks Treated As Terrorism

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the UN Security Council and its members urging them to: “treat the atrocities by herdsmen as terrorist acts, in line with the UN Security Council resolution 2349 (2017), which addresses Boko Haram’s presence in the Lake Chad Basin and calls on all states to combat all forms and manifestations of terrorism….” Read more

Falana Faults NNPC’s Rejection of FOI Request – Refusal to Disclose Financial Details

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, on Sunday criticised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), for rejecting a Freedom of Information request on its operations and finances. Read more

Islamic State Faction in Nigeria Follows Boko Haram’s Playbook: Kidnapping SchoolgirlsAccording to the Wall Street Journal  ISIS West Africa Faction and not  Boko Haram was responsible for kidnapping the Dapchi Girls. Read more

President, VP, Governors, Legislators should Disclose Salaries 

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, yesterday charged Nigerians to demand for compulsory disclosure of salaries and allowances of the President, Vice President. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, governors, state legislators and chairmen of councils. Read more

LITE-Africa, CFLI Partner on Security, Human RightsThe Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITEAfrica) which, true to its objectives, held a two-day sensitization workshop on Voluntary Principles (VP) and United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Security and Human Rights, in Abuja. LITE-Africa, with support from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI), is implementing what is termed, the Strengthening Voluntary Principles in-country Implementation in Nigeria. Read more

Nigerian Army Failed to Act on Warnings before Schoolgirls Abducted, Amnesty says

Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian army of failing to act on “advance warnings” given a few hours before Boko Haram militants abducted 110 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria last month. Read more

Thousands of Anglophone Cameroonians Continue to Flee to Nigeria

Thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians continue to flee violent crackdowns by government forces. The U.N. refugee agency has registered more than 20,000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria’s Cross River, Taraba, Benue and Akwa-Ibom states. An overwhelming majority are women and children. Read more

 

Nigerians Berate FG, DSS over Abduction of Lagos Port WorkerSome Nigerians have berated the Federal Government after operatives of the Department of State Services, Lagos State Command, allegedly abducted a port worker, Moruf Ajao, in the Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos. They said the act was a backward step to the military era when there was disregard for the constitution, rule of law and human rights. Read more

UN Says Executions, Torture, Slave Markets Persist In Libya 
Armed groups continue to  execute and torture civilians in Libya in almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Libyans and migrants are often held incommunicado in arbitrary detention in appalling conditions, and reports persist of captured migrants being bought and sold on “open slave markets”, the UN said in a report to the Human Rights Council. Read more

Justice Ministry, Women Affairs Pledge Commitment to the Passage of Disability Bill into LawFederal Ministries of Justice, Women Affairs and Social Development on Tuesday in Abuja respectively pledged renewed commitments to the passage of the Nigerian Disability Bill into law. Read more

How 104 Abducted Dapchi Girls Regained Freedom

The Federal Government yesterday explained that the release of 104 out of the 110 Dapchi schoolgirls abducted last month by the Boko Haram sect was secured through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country. Read more

Human Rights Watch Warns Libya To Resist Rushing Into Elections

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday warned Libya to resist rushing into elections this year because the country is too violent and authorities cannot guarantee freedom of assembly or free speech, which are essential for a vote. Read more

Presidential Committee Frees 80 prisoners in Jigawa

No fewer than 80 inmates were set free from prison by the presidential committee on prisons reform and decongestion in Jigawa State. The prisoners who were serving different terms convicted on civil and criminals cases regained their freedom after their individual fines were settled. Read more

Cambridge Analytica’s Ruthless Bid to Sway the Vote in Nigeria

“It was the kind of campaign that was our bread and butter,” says one ex-employee. “We’re employed by a billionaire who’s panicking at the idea of a change of government and who wants to spend big to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Read more

NBA, NGO Signs MoU On Pro Bono Legal Services In Nigeria
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Friday in Abuja, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote free legal services in Nigeria with the Justice Research Institute, an NGO. Read more

Nigerian Anti-Corruption Group wins UN Award

A Nigerian anti-corruption youth group, the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC), has emerged the winner of the Innovative Category of the first UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Awards. Read more

OPINION 


Should Nigeria have a Sex Offender Registry?
“If we have a registry that one can go quietly, report and register one’s complaint and the offender is invited for interrogation and when found culpable, he or she is punished; victims will be interested in reporting their ordeal to relevant authorities and seek help.” Read more

Where Is the Gold From?

This week is the start of Baselworld, one of the world’s largest jewelry and watch fairs. Visitors will learn a lot about new watch and jewelry design. But how much will they hear about the human rights conditions under which gold and other minerals for jewelry and watches have been mined? Read more

 

Fighting corruption: Time for Nigeria to Take the Gloves off “Nigeria is making significant inroads into the fight against corruption. Charges are being brought against people in Nigeria for corruption and fraud allowing significant amounts of cash to be recovered.” Read more  

Time To Re-Think Opposition To LGBT RightsThe Nigerian state continues to oppose same-sex marriage and the respect for human rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) persons locally and internationally. Read more

LEDAP@WORK 



Participation in NBA’s Criminal Justice Confab

LEDAP will participate in the Nigerian Bar Association’s  Criminal Justice Confab holding on the 25th-26th of April. LEDAP’s lead counsel Chino Obiagwu, who is also the alternate chair of the NBA Human Rights Institute, will be speaking on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law and state level lessons at the forthcoming high level conference on criminal justice reform. To register and find out more, click here.


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

LEDAP and Imo State Judiciary ACJA Bill Workshop
 In the last week of April 2018, LEDAP will partner with the Imo State Judiciary to hold a two day stakeholders workshop towards the  adoption of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in Imo state.

 

LEDAP Undertakes a Baseline Assessment of the Rate of Compliance & Awareness  of the  ACJA in the F.C.T.  

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project in partnership with the E.U funded Rule of Law (RoLAC) programme and the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) recently began a practitioner survey to identify the level of awareness and the extent of implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in the Federal Capital Territory. Read more

LEDAP’S Suit Against the Securities and Exchange Commission & 1 Other, Adjourned for Judgement

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project on the 20th of January, 2016 filed an action at the Investment and Securities Tribunal against the Security and Exchange Commission and The Nigerian Stock Exchange challenging the power of the Security and Exchange Commission in allowing states government raise bonds in the open market. Read more

LEDAP Submits Universal Periodic Review Report on  the Human Rights Situation in Nigeria

LEDAP has submitted a Universal Periodic Review Report on  the Human Rights Situation in Nigeria to the Office of the Human Rights Council. The report focuses on issues such as, Unlawful Arrests and Detention, Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment, Enforced Disappearance, Detention Incommunicado, Death in Detention, Extra Judicial Killings and the Slow Judicial Process in the Prosecution of Fundamental Human Rights Cases in Court.

LEDAP Writes Attorney General of the Federation for Release of Suspects Discharged by the Court
About 800 Boko Haram suspects were discharged by the Court during the second phase of the trial of Boko Haram Suspects held from the 12th to the 16th of February 2018 at Wawa Military Cantonment, Kinji, Niger State for want of sufficient evidence to charge them to court. However, these persons are still being detained at the detention center. LEDAP has written to the Attorney General of the Federation demanding the unconditional release of these detainees.

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Court Stops Lagos State Government from Enforcing Hotel Tax Law

The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Lagos State Government from enforcing the provisions of its new Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017. The law introduced a five per cent consumption tax in addition to a five per cent Value Added Tax on every purchase or service rendered by hotels, restaurants, fast food outlets, event centres, bars and nightclubs. Read more

Obaseki signs Edo Criminal Justice Administration Bill into Law 

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has signed the Edo State Criminal Justice Administration Bill into Law.
Obaseki, who assented to the bill at the Government House, in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Tuesday, said, “The law would strengthen the protection of the rights of citizens and ensure fair and speedy administration of justice.” Read more

Kano to get Appeal Court

The Federal Government will establish an Appeal Court division in Kano State, President of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has said. Read more

Sergeant to Die for Extra-Judicial Killing

A Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa has sentenced a police sergeant, Jilla Lannubo, to death by hanging for the extra-judicial killing of Oruyegha Grand at Agudama on May 13, 2017. Read more

Signing of Court Processes By a Law Firm: A Review of the Recent Case of Heritage Bank V. Bentworth

This write-up seeks to clarify the decision in the Heritage Bank Case with consideration given to the position of the courts on the proper person to sign court processes under Section 2 and 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act and the implication on proceedings arising thereupon. Read more

 

EVENTS  


3rd Regional Congress Against the Death Penalty

The African Congress will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 9-10 April 2018. Over 300 participants are expected. LEDAP’s lead counsel, Mr. Chino Obiagwu will be speaking on the topic, “Africans on death row in foreign countries, a consular duty” at the second workshop on the 10th of April from 3pm to 4pm. Read more 

Lagos Multi-Door Court House To Hold 2018 Edition of The Yaba District Settlement Week

Registration for the event is free. It will hold from the 26th – 29th of March 2018 at the The Chief Magistrate Court, Lagos State Judiciary, Botanical Gardens, Ebute Metta. Find out more here.

Prof. Attahiru Jega, To Speak At NIALS 2018 Founders Day Lecture

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is to holds its 2018 edition of Founders Day lecture. The Lecture is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 27th March, 2018. The theme of the lecture is “TOWARDS ELECTION INTEGRITY IN 2019: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS”. This year’s edition of Founders Day Lecture will be Delivered by Professor Attahiru Jega, Pro-Chancellor Plateau State University, Former Chairman of the (INEC). Find out more here

Two Day Consultative Stakeholder Meeting on Strengthening the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) in partnership with TrustAfrica has invited stakeholders to a two day consultative meeting on “Strengthening the ECOWAS Court of Justice and enhancing Access to Justice in the West Africa Sub-Region” The event will take place on the 11th to the 12th of April 2018 at Rockview Hotels, Abuja.

Open Society offers Media Grants [West Africa]

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is accepting proposals to support initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Possible target areas include journalism, justice reform and the rule of law, the democratic practice and more. Proposals must promote investigative journalism and free, quality and independent media. The deadline is April 30. Find out more here

2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize call for nominations

The 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize will be given out at the United Nations in New York on Human Right Day, 10 December. Nominations are open until 6 April 2018. The prize to recognize individuals or organization for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights is given out every five years. Read more

 

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