NIGERIA INDUSTRIAL COURT PASSES JUDGEMENT AGAINST THE PRACTICE OF UNINFORMED TESTING OF EMPLOYEES AND TERMINATION ON GROUNDS OF HIV.

Mr. X. was employed as a Guard and posted to the U.S Embassy. His employment was terminated after he was made to undergo uninformed testing by his employees. He was referred to Lawyers Alert by the Network of Persons Living With HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) for Legal Assistance.


We approached the National Industrial Court seeking among other things; declaration that his termination was unlawful as a result of his health status, that his uninformed testing unlawful, and damages. In the course of trial, we also obtained an anonymity order to protect his confidentiality. Litigation was with the support of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, Advocacy support by Enda Sante, while UNAIDS Nigeria provided in-country coordination and support. <<Read more>>

 
 

LAWYERS ALERT PRESS RELEASE. BENUE KILLINGS: BEYOND THE CONDEMNATIONS; MATTERS ARISING

Billows of smoke, lifeless bodies, charred cars and deserted streets best describe the scenarios in Buruku, Ukum, and, to a lesser degree, Kwande Local Government Areas recently attacked in Benue State of North Central Nigeria. For some time now, the people of Benue have been under heavy attacks from different fronts ranging from militia herdsmen, marauding gunmen and other sources in between. An estimated 200 lives have been lost with many more maimed or wounded. This situation has left the people, especially Women and Children, as the main victims of these unfortunate attacks <<Read more>>
 
 
BENUE: TROUBLING SIGNS AND NEED FOR IMMEDIATE ACTIONS


In March 2017, the local government areas of Buruku and Ukum in Benue state were attacked by hundreds of well-armed and well-coordinated gunmen arriving in vehicles and motor cycles. Each attack took the people of the area and security agents totally unawares and scores of lives, mostly those of women and children were needlessly lost.  Speculations about the attacks range from suggestions that the killings were the aftermath of aggrieved herdsmen to intra-ethnic bickering to external attacks from a neighboring state.
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