Annual Report

The year 2015 was even more tasking than the year before. The North – East Nigeria insurgency by Boko Haram took on an unprecedented increase, so also did conflicts between pastoralists and farmers. The Commission therefore had to restrategize with key Stakeholders on steps to take in constructive response. The ever increasing number of IDPs had serious implications for increasing human rights abuses, therefore, necessitating urgent interventions from the government and human rights community. An outcome of the re-strategizing was NHRC/UNHCR IDP Monitoring Project. The Commission in partnership with the UN High Commission for Refugees undertook a project on Protection and Monitoring of Internally Displaced Persons camps in the North – east, North – Central and the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. The Project is on – going and will continue in the coming year.

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2014 was a tasking year for the Commission. The escalation of the insurgency in the North East and its attendant human rights implications was a challenge to the NHRC. The Governing Council and management of the Commission strategized on ways to intervene constructively to address some of the key human rights issues which included forced displacement of communities, inquiry into the Apo killings, attacks on schools and abductions / killings of school children in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, attacks on prisons, banks and institutions of democratic governance amongst others. In September 2014, the Commission, released the Apo killings Report to the public.

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