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Gender and Human Rights

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REPORT OF COURTESY VISIT TO LAWYERS ALERT BY NETWORK OF DISABLED WOMEN (NDW)

4th November 2021

On the 4th of November 2021, representatives of the Network of Disabled Women (NDW) paid Lawyers Alert a courtesy visit towards the implementation of the Nigeria Disability Act.
The objective of the meeting: towards strengthening and building opportunities for Women with Disabilities, including accessibility to public and private spaces.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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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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BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA.

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Background

Lawyers Alert is contributing to positively changing the dynamics of SRHR in Nigeria by the creation of effective SRHR movements, operational networks and collaborations at the grassroots, judicial activism, legal literacy (rights awareness creation) and provision of scientific data on violations. These steps are contributing in no small measure to the changing narrative and positive push for the enjoyment of Reproductive Health Rights in Nigeria.

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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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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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JUDICIAL PANELS OF INQUIRY: LAWYERS ALERT’S INTERVENTION IN ABIA STATE

11/11/2020 to 13/04/2021

Upon the approval to constitute Judicial Panels of inquiry to investigate the events that led to the #ENDSARS protests that took place in 2020 in Nigeria and the human rights abuses on citizens by security operatives; the National Human Rights Commission’s Executive Secretary, Mr Anthony O. Ojukwu constituted the said Panels in 32 States of the Federation.

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SNAP ASSESSMENT OF THE GENDER UNIT OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE
Location: Lawyers Alert Abuja Office

 October 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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SNAP ASSESSMENT OF THE GENDER UNIT OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE
Location: Lawyers Alert Abuja Office

 October 2020

  • Lawyers Alert’ work on documentation of rights violations focuses amongst several things on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and more importantly Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). This is through our online tool styled “LadockT”. here  The tool captures violations across locations and states, exhibiting types and trends. Using this tool, we have consistently captured and provided data on GBV and VAWG in the last 3 years. The reports can be found here.

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SUPPORTING WOMEN WHO SUFFERED VIOLATIONS OCCASIONED BY COVID-19
 

September 2020

  • In the wake of COVID-19 & during the period of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic, Lawyers Alert called for submission of complaints and memos from women and women groups who suffered human rights violations, by state and non-state agencies in any form associated with the COVID-19 lockdown.

                                                                           

 

 

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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 MEETING ON PARTNERING WITH THE GU & PDSS ON GBV & SRHR IN NIGERIA

Location: Force Gender (FCIID), Area 10, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.

10th 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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COVID-19: CALL FOR COMPLAINTS FROM WOMEN AND WOMEN GROUPS

22nd June 2020

Lawyers Alert monitors and documents human rights violations, as well as provides free legal assistance to women and girls in Nigeria. We are aware of the violation of the rights of women during the lockdown associated with COVID-19 as evidenced in the media, both social and traditional. Several human rights agencies, including the National Human Rights Commission, has documented several of this.                                                                          Read More

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ASSESSMENT OF SMALL & MEDIUM SIZED SRHR ORGANIZATIONS

March 2020

Lawyers Alert in March 2020, carried out an assessment of small and medium-sized Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right Organizations across the 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria. The assessment was centred on the following; Governance; Experience, knowledge and skills; Networking and referral systems; Resource Mobilization; Human Resource Management; Procurement and Financial Management Systems; Service Delivery; Gender Management Systems & Monitoring and Evaluation

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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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ADVOCACY VISIT TO LAWYERS ALERT BY RIGHT

ADVOCACY VISIT TO LAWYERS ALERT BY RIGHT TO LIFE INITIATIVE

20th January 2020

Right to Life Initiative, a Key and Affected Population (KAP) focused organization paid an advocacy visit to Lawyers Alert on the 20th of January, 2020 to discuss issues of mutual interest and strengthening of ties between the two organizations.

             

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LAWYERS ALERTS’ OFFICE AND THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION (OSF) DISCUSS SHRINKING CIVIC SPACE

6th February 2020

On the 6th of February 2020, a representative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Open Society Foundation (OSF) and Lawyers Alert rubbed minds on the shrinking civic space and notable Bills like NGO Bill, Social Media Bill, False Information Bill, etc. before the Nigeria parliament. At this meeting were Jeff and Anita from OSF, while LA was represented by Olayemi, Blessing, Roseline, and Bamidele.

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REPORT OF A COURTESY VISIT TO LAWYERS ALERTS’ OFFICE BY THE VOICE OF DISABILITY INITIATIVE (VDI). 

6th, February 2020

On the 6th of February 2020, representatives of the Voice of Disability Initiative (VDI) paid Lawyers Alert a courtesy visit towards mapping organizations working on I. Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE), ii. Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), iii. Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), iv. Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and v. Harmful Practices (HP) in the FCT. The mapping is part of their EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative on Ending all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls.

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16 DAYS ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

25th November 2019

16 days of activism is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November every year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. To this end, Lawyers Alert as a Rights-Based Organization with a focus on Women and Gender issues joined the rest of the World to commemorate those days. 

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REPORT OF A ONE-DAY MEETING ON INTRODUCING A MONITORING AND DOCUMENTATION TOOL FOR PETTY OFFENCES IN NIGERIA. 

28th November 2019

Overview/Meeting Objectives:

The meeting had the following objectives;

1) Introduce the expanded Monitoring and Documentation tool “LADOCKT” to partners and’

2) Train partners on how to use LADOCKT to monitor and document petty offences.

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Towards The Decriminalization Of Petty Acts In Nigeria By Lawyers Alert In Partnership With Open Society Initiative For West Africa

15th, October  2019

Overview/Meeting Objectives:
The meeting had the following objectives;
1) Adoption of the Action Plan of the Alliance for the Decriminalization of Petty Offenses in
Nigeria and;
2) Tracking and documenting petty offenses in Nigeria

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TWO DAY MEETING ON THE EFFECT OF HIV CRIMINALIZATION IN AKWA IBOM STATE.

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The training commenced with registration and introduction of participants. Thereafter, Roseline Ogehenebrume, Director Program, Lawyers Alert, delivered a welcome address as she acknowledged all participants present. She also thanked participants for making out time for the training despite the short notice and asked them to be participatory and interactive.
 

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STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO DEVELOP TRACKING MECHANISMS ON PETTY OFFENCES IN NIGERIA.

15th, October 2019

Lawyers Alert will on Tuesday, 15th October 2019 facilitate a meeting of petty offenses actors in Nigeria on the Decriminalization of Petty Offences in Nigeria (ADPON) & its Partners in FCT,Abuja, with the objectives of adopting the Action plan of the Alliance and discuss on possible ways of tracking & documenting Petty Offences in Nigeria towards periodic publication of scientific data to be used for Advocacy purposes.

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FOLLOW UP MEETING FOR THE SIGNING OF OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP IN BENUE STATE

12th, September 2019

Lawyers Alert will on the 12 of September 2019 hold a day Civil society organizations/media follow –up meeting towards the sighing up to OGP (Open Government Partnership) in Benue State. With the objective of Selecting CSO steering committee that will engage the Benue State Government to sign into the OGP. Recall that on the 18th of July Capacity building for CSO’s on OGP was conducted by Lawyers Alert in Partnership with to equip them with the necessary information for advocacy on OGP

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HIV DECRIMINALIZATION MEETING IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA.

18th & 19th, September 2019

Lawyers Alert will on Wednesday and Thursday, 18th and 19th September 2019 meet with Civil Society groups in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, especially Civil Society groups working on HIV with the objectives of carrying out Advocacy against the proposed criminalization of HIV infection in the State. Recall, that the last State Parliament had proposed the passage of Law that will criminalize HIV infection in Akwa-Ibom State and the present Parliament appears to be so minded.

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DAMILOLA OGUNSI (AKA THE GOLD FISH) SUPPORTS THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.

6th June 2019

Follow the link to watch the shot video on Gender-based Violence

by Damilola Ogunsi

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Director General NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli discusses issues on trafficking and gender-based violence.

20th May 2019

Lawyers Alert Staff this month paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli at the Headquarters of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to discuss issues of trafficking and gender-based violence. Very illuminating response from the DG. Below is the video.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL & COMMISSIONER OF JUSTICE, BENUE STATE, CAMPAIGNS AGAINST VIOLENCE ON WOMEN AND GIRLS.

20th May 2019

The Management of Lawyers Alert visited the Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice, Benue State, where he spoke against violence on women and girls. Below is the video.

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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 right 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 SECURES THE RELEASE OF JOHN IBYA THROUGH ITS PRO BONO SERVICES

9th April 2019

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 offence of conspiracy, attempted robbery and house breaking. He was arraigned at the Chief Magistrate court Aliade for the said offences. 

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REPORT OF THE 1 DAY STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING ON REDUCING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN BENUE STATE HELD AT LAWYERS ALERT CONFERENCE HALL ON THE 27TH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2018.

24th September 2018

On the 24th of September 2018, a case of human trafficking was reported to us at Lawyers Alert for legal advice and possible assistance. That a certain man named Saviour Daboor was placed under arrest and detained by the police at the State Criminal Investigation Intelligence Department (SCIID) Makurdi for an alleged case of human trafficking.

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LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE FORMATION OF AN EFFECTIVE SRHR MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA

7th June 2018

Introduction

Lawyers Alert on the 7th of June 2018 organised a one-day sensitization session for selected Civil Society Groups in North Central Nigeria with the aim of fostering law, human rights and effective Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Movement in Nigeria. The North Central sensitization session was held in Makurdi, Benue State and was targeted at Small and Medium Civil Society Organisations and Lawyers in the North Central of the Federation. A total of 10 Organisations were mobilized for the meeting with a total of 22 participants in attendance.

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LAWYERS ALERT: USING LAW AND DATA TO IMPACT SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS IN NIGERIA

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Background

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, SRHR, in Nigeria is an area which, owing to culture and religion, is neither making as much progress nor being given as much space for expression in comparative terms with more “acceptable” rights.

Violence against Women and Girls, Abortion, Same-Sex Relationships, Female Sex Work, Rights of Persons Living with HIV, Female Genital Mutilation etc. are all issues that citizens regularly confront yet fail to attract commensurate attention in the positive from authorities. Particularly affected are Persons Living With, Affected by or Most at Risk of HIV.

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A ONE DAY SENSITIZATION WITH KABUSA MARKET WOMEN ASSOCIATION ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE (GBV)

12th June 2018

The problem of gender-based violence (GBV) is an age-long problem in our communities that has led to the loss of lives, emotional disorder, psychological torture, and other forms of human rights abuses. These violations happen more in rural areas than urban areas due to poor access to information, inadequate exposure, and anti-human rights cultural practices, leading to an anti-social environment for women and children.

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ADVOCACY VISIT TO THE BENUE SATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

23rd of August 2018.

The Head Office of Lawyers Alert in Makurdi, Benue State paid an advocacy visit to the Benue State Emergency Management Agency on the 23rd of August 2018. The 3-Person delegation was led by Mr Lazarus M. Ahangba the Programs Manager, alongside Jerome Uneje Programs Officer, and Linus Mbakaan the Administrative Officer.

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

9th of 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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COURTESY VISIT BY THE HOPE SISTERS AGAINST HIV/AIDS, STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION INITIATIVE

29th August 2018

On the 29th day of August 2018, the Hope Sisters Against HIV/AIDS, Stigma and
Discrimination Initiative, a Women-Led Grassroot Civic Group in Makurdi, Benue State paid a Courtesy Visit to Lawyers Alert Head Office in order to identify with the LA and strengthen the existing working relationship between both Organizations.

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