The State of Human Rights in Nigeria (2016-2017) Report is produced pursuant to Section 5(c) of the NHRC Act 1995 (as amended) which obligates the Commission to publish and submit from time to time, to the President, National Assembly, Judiciary, states and local governments report on the state of human rights promotion and protection in Nigeria.".

The Report is part of the series produced since 2006 maiden publication and builds on experience garnered over the years. While this publication does not completely contain all the various range of human rights issues, it is a reflection of pattern and nature of complaints received by the Commission in the headquarters and field offices within the years under review. The complaints are disaggregated according to thematic areas. The report covers Civil and Political Rights as well as Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It also contains Reports in areas of Terrorism and Inter-Communal Conflict, Election and Political Participation, Niger Delta and the Environment amongst others. These are captured under different human rights issue-areas such as Right to Life, Right to Dignity of the Human Person and freedom from Torture, inhuman and degrading punishment; Right to Freedom from Discrimination, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Right to Work and Right to Health, Education and Shelter among others.”.


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