During its 76th session and in a move welcomed by civil-society, the Third Committee of the GA adopted by consensus a resolution recognising the rights of all people to participate in elections and public affairs, without discrimination, including on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The African Union (AU) declared 2021 as the year of “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.” The preservation of these values is inextricably linked to the protection of human and peoples’ rights.
The relationship between any State and its civil society should be one of collaboration and protection, in the interest of all citizens. Yet, it is not easy being a human rights defender or civil society organisation in Nigeria, as the government continues to interfere with the work of defenders and NGOs through restrictive legislation.
In a statement delivered on 28 April before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), ISHR called on States to end the adoption of restrictive laws and commended the adoption of national laws for the promotion and protection of human rights defenders in West Africa.
ISHR was pleased to interview Adaobi Egboka who participated in our last Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme in Geneva. Adaobi works at the Legal Defence and Assistance Project in Nigeria where she focuses on access to justice for vulnerable people and good governance.
The General Assembly has adopted a significant and substantive resolution on human rights defenders despite unprecedented efforts by China and Russia to defeat the text.
The work of human rights defenders, political activists and journalists across many States in Africa is impeded through restrictive laws and frameworks which fail to adequately promote or protect the rights to freedom of expression or access to information, ISHR has told the African Commission.
(Geneva) – In a briefing paper published today ISHR expresses its concern about the repression of human rights defenders in Nigeria by both the government, for legitimate dissent, and by Boko Haram, for seeking to expose alleged atrocities. The Federal Democratic Republic of Nigeria is scheduled to be reviewed at the 56th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights from 21 April - 7 May 2015.
(Geneva) – In a briefing paper published today ISHR expresses its concern about the repression of human rights defenders in Nigeria by both the government, for legitimate dissent, and by Boko Haram, for seeking to expose alleged atrocities.