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Security and Access to Justice

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JOINT SHADOW REPORT TO THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE FOR THE PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA NOVEMBER- DECEMBER 2021

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  1. INTRODUCTION

    1. This report is submitted to the UN Committee against Torture as a "shadow" report of the period under review of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to highlight key areas in which the Nigerian government can improve its commitments under the Convention.

 

  1. This report is a joint submission by the following Nigerian CSO’s: Sterling Center for Law & Development, Avocats Sans Frontieres France (Lawyers without borders), Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN) and Idris Bawo & Co-led by Lawyers Alert.

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SNAP ASSESSMENT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY IN NIGERIA POST #ENDSARS PROTEST AND TRAINING FACILITATED BY ICJ, LA AND NHRC.

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INTRODUCTION

This report assesses the outcome of the capacity-building exercise facilitated by Lawyers Alert and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), for Judges and Judicial Panel Members sitting in 30 states in December 2020 in terms of progress and success rate of the panels. This evaluation is based on desk review, field visits, and interviews with project beneficiaries and partners.

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LAWYERS ALERT: BUILDING A PETTY OFFENCES DECRIMINALISATION MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA

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Background
By July 2021, a total of 68, 556 persons in Nigeria are in correctional service centers with 70% of these persons awaiting trial. A large percentage of those awaiting trial is on account of Petty Offences. These persons are often the poor and vulnerable in the society owing to the very nature of Petty Offences and economic reasons

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2020 REGIONAL DECRIMINALISATION CONFERENCEDay 3: Proposed sub-themes by Lawyers Alert Nigeria and Pan African Lawyers Union

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1st Session: Impact on access to justice for the poor and marginalized.


Without a doubt, COVID-19 presented a huge public health concern and the management of
the pandemic by states impacted on access to justice in several ways. Part of states responses
saw courts closing or rationed, with the attendant consequences on justice losing the cardinal
principles of timely and fair hearings owing to case backlogs and inordinate delays in an
already challenging the justice system.

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END SARS: CALL FOR COMPLAINTS FROM WOMEN AND WOMEN GROUPS

 November 2020

Lawyers Alert provides free legal assistance to women and girls in Nigeria, amongst other interventions. It is in this regard that we are providing free legal assistance to women and girls who have suffered any human rights violation with regard to the #ENDSARS protest.

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REPORT OF MEETING LINKING WOMEN GROUPS WITH THE GENDER UNIT OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND THE POLICE DUTY SOLICITORS SCHEME OF LEGAL AID COUNCIL ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA
Location: Eagle Valley Royal Hotel, Plateau, Jos

12th  November 2020

Overview/Meeting Objectives

The meeting was convened to link Women Groups with the Gender unit (GU) of the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme (PDSS) of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria. The meeting had the following objectives;

1. To introduce the GU and PDSS to Women Groups

2. For women groups to understand the roles of the GU and PDSS in addressing issues of SRHR and GBV.

3. To create a link between women groups, GU and PDSS.

4. Modus for working together and service delivery.

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REPORT OF MEETING LINKING WOMEN GROUPS WITH THE GENDER UNIT OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND THE POLICE DUTY SOLICITORS SCHEME OF LEGAL AID COUNCIL ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA
Location: Force Gender (FCIID), Area 10, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

5th  November 2020

Overview/Meeting Objectives

  •      The meeting had the following objectives;

  • To Introduce the GU&PDSS to women groups.

  • For women groups to understand the roles of the GU&PDSS in addressing issues of SRHR and GBV.

  •     3.To create a link between women groups, GU&PDSS.

  •     4.Modules for working together and service delivery.

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REPORT ON  MEETING WITH THE GU & PDSS ON GBV IN NIGERIALocation: Dogon Koli Hotel, Western Bye-Pass, Bosso, Minna, Niger State.

17th  September 2020

Introduction

The meeting is convened to understand the challenges being faced by the Gender Unit (GU) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme (PDSS) of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria and to develop a road map for addressing these challenges.

​A two-man team of Lawyers Alert left Abuja for Minna, Niger state on the 16th September 2020 for a meeting scheduled for the following day at Dogon Koli Hotel.

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REPORT OF MEETING ON PARTNERING WITH THE GU & PDSS ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA Location: Force Gender (FCIID), Area 10, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

17th  September 2020

  • Overview/Meeting Objectives

The meeting had the following objectives;

  1. To understand the challenges of the GU&PDSS (Resources & Technically).

  2. Develop a road map for addressing these challenges.

  3. To enhance participant skills in understanding their roles and best ways to address issues of SRHR and GBV in a Human Rights and Satisfactory manner.

  4. Modus for monitoring, documentation, working together.

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REPORT OF MEETING ON PARTNERING WITH THE GU & PDSS ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA Location: Miango Rest Home, Plateau, Jos

17th  September 2020

  • Overview/Meeting Objectives

The meeting had the following objectives;

  1. To understand the challenges of the GU&PDSS (Resources & Technically).

  2. Develop a road map for addressing these challenges.

  3. To enhance participant skills in understanding their roles and best ways to address issues of SRHR and GBV in a Human Rights and Satisfactory manner.

  4. Modus for monitoring, documentation, working together.

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REPORT OF A ONE-DAY MEETING ON THE TRAINING ON THE USE OF LAWYERS ALERT DOCUMENTATION TOOL “LADOCKT

22nd January 2020

Overview/Meeting Objectives:
The meeting had the following objectives;
1) To understand the scope of petty offenses and SRHR violations
2) To enhance participants skills in reporting and documenting petty offenses and SRHR
violations.
3) Modus for documentation.

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A ONE DAY MEETING ON PETTY OFFENCES IN NIGERIA

12th April 2019

Petty acts that have been criminalized wears the face of poverty and discrimination. In effect, it is a human rights issue. When people go to jail for loitering, hawking, and similar acts, it's definitely a poverty issue. Towards the decriminalization of petty offences, Lawyers Alert convened a meeting recently in Abuja where activists began a conversation towards the decriminalization. Below is the Video.

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Lawyers Alert Continues Its Violence Against Women And Girls Engagement

1st June 2018

In continuation of our project which seeks to reduce and eliminate violence against women and girls, Lawyers alert has added 5 states to its already existing 8, making it a total of 13 states.

In the last 6 weeks, Lawyers Alert has created partnerships with key groups in these 5 states and we are currently liaising with several community women groups who report violations and access free legal services

 

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LAWYERS ALERT SECURES THE RELEASE OF JOHN IBYA THROUGH ITS PRO BONO SERVICES

9th April 2018

As part of our free legal services to vulnerable persons, Lawyers Alert is happy to announce that we have secured the release of John Ibya from prison custody. Sometime in July 2018, Mr ibya was arrested by the police in Aliade and was immediately taken to the police station for the alleged offense of conspiracy, attempted robbery, and housebreaking. He was arraigned at the Chief Magistrate court Aliade for the said offenses. 

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