In the year 2016, the Commission continued to build on its past achievements. The UNHCR and NHRC Protection Monitoring Project which began in 2015, was reviewed and the number of monitors were increased in order to escalate monitoring of the violations faced by IDPs and the affected communities as a result of the insurgency in the North East. Monitors were strengthened with tools to ensure a protective environment. Training activities were also held for relevant actors on human rights standards in the management of IDPs.  In the year under review, the Commission in partnership with development partners and NGOs embarked on a lot of activities geared towards the promotion and protection of human rights. Some of the major activities were- Training of Military Personnel and Students of Army Ordinance School Ojo

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The development of Human Rights has been a continuous quest by the United Nations since its inception. The first recorded discussion on the subject of National Human Rights Institutions took place in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1946 when the council invited member states to consider the desirability of establishing information groups or local Human Rights Committee within their respective countries to collaborate with them in furthering the work of the commission on human rights.

Indeed only a very small number of independent NHRIs had been established in any region before 1990, when the Commission on human rights decided to hold a meeting on the subject of National Human Rights Institutions. This conference which convened in Paris in 1991, prepared a set of “Principles relating to the status of National Institutions” - “Paris principles”.

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The National Human Rights Commission Act 1995 as amended, empowers the Commission to amongst others "undertake studies on all matters pertaining to human rights and assist the Federal, State and LocalGovernments where it considers it appropriate to do so in the formulation of appropriate policies on the guarantee of human rights."
In compliance with this, the Commission ear-marked the important issue of Human Rights and Maternal Mortality in Nigeria, as one of the key human rights related studies to be undertaken in its 2015 work-plan. This report highlights the findings of the pilot survey carried out in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, on women's access to Health Care Facilities in the Six Area councils. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Health Care facilities in these 6 Area Councils were selected and visited by staff of the Commission. Questionnaires were administered to staff and women undergoing antenatal and post-natal care in the health care facilities, and the outcome are shown in this report

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