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KANO: Human rights commission says 122 complaints received in July

KANO: Human rights commission says 122 complaints received in July

A total of 122 complaints of alleged human rights abuse were received by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Kano State in the month of July.

NHRC coordinator in the state, Shehu Abdullahi, disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday in Kano.

He said that 82 of the 122 cases had been treated, while the remaining 40 were pending.

According to him, 40 of the cases border on women’s rights, while 50 have to do with abandonment of family responsibility, sexual violence, domestic violence, and rape.

“The remaining 32 cases received during the period under review are on child labour, unlawful arrest, detention, and torture,” he said.

The coordinator added that the commission mediated some marital matters between couples and families.

Human rights cases in Nigeria have been a subject of both national and international concern, reflecting the complex socio-political landscape of the country. While Nigeria is a signatory to various international human rights treaties and has a constitutional framework to protect and uphold human rights, numerous challenges persist.

One prominent issue that has garnered attention is the treatment of marginalized communities, particularly the Indigenous Peoples of the Niger Delta region. The region’s inhabitants have long protested against environmental degradation caused by oil extraction, inadequate compensation, and lack of development. These concerns have led to clashes between communities, oil companies, and the government, resulting in human rights violations and a call for justice.

Freedom of expression and the press have also been areas of contention. Journalists and activists in Nigeria often face harassment, intimidation, and even violence for speaking out against government policies or exposing corruption. The case of detained journalist Omoyele Sowore in 2019, who was arrested for organizing protests and demanding good governance, serves as a stark reminder of the challenges facing those advocating for transparency and accountability.

Another alarming human rights issue is the persistent problem of police brutality. The notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) came under intense scrutiny for its alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings, torture, and extortion. The #EndSARS movement, which gained momentum in 2020, called for the disbandment of SARS and comprehensive police reform. The Nigerian government’s response to the protests highlighted both the resilience of civil society and the need for further progress in addressing police misconduct.

Religious and ethnic tensions have also led to human rights concerns in Nigeria. Clashes between different religious and ethnic groups have resulted in violence, displacement, and loss of life. The Boko Haram insurgency, which seeks to establish an Islamic state, has led to widespread atrocities, including abductions and attacks on civilians.

Despite these challenges, there have been positive developments. Nigerian courts have, at times, taken steps to protect human rights and hold perpetrators accountable. Civil society organizations, human rights activists, and the international community continue to monitor and advocate for better human rights practices in the country.

In conclusion, human rights cases in Nigeria reflect a complex interplay of socio-economic, political, and cultural factors. While there have been strides in addressing these issues, there is a pressing need for sustained efforts to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights for all Nigerians. International collaboration, judicial reforms, and a commitment to transparency and accountability are crucial in this journey toward a more just and rights-respecting society.

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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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