Lawyers Alert SRHR Partners and COVID-19
LAWYERS ALERT STRATEGIC PLAN 2021-2025
FOREWORD & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT By Chair, Governing Board
Lawyers Alert is pleased to present its Strategic Plan for the period 2021-2025. This Plan clearly outlines the strategic vision and goals collectively identified by the Members, Board, Management and Staff towards realizing the Organization’s potentials and fulfilling its vision and mission to the world in an effective and efficient manner.
UPDATED FINDINGS ON PETTY OFFENCES VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA
Lawyers Alert has been monitoring human rights violations associated with petty offences in the last 2 years. Petty offences are said to be “victimless” offences i.e., where no one suffers any injury, but the actor is said to have committed an offence and often sent to jail. Others define it as those offences that do not necessarily deserve custodial sentences. Examples of petty offences including hawking, loitering, alms-seeking, etc.
MEMORANDUM ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Recently, the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution invited Memoranda from Nigerians to a 2-day Public Hearing on the “Proposed Alteration to the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999” in the Six Geopolitical Zones of the country. In response to this call, Lawyers Alert has put together this memorandum highlighting certain alterations that will address some salient provisions of the constitution that have been held to seriously derogated the beauty of the constitution.
MEMORANDUM ON LOCAL & COMMUNITY LEVEL SECURITY AND NON-MILITARY & NON-KINETIC SECURITY OPTIONS & SOLUTIONS
Pursuant to the creation of the House of Representatives Special Committee on National Security, and the call for memoranda by same, Lawyers Alert in collaboration with other Civil Society Organisations (as per the above mentioned CSOs) present this memorandum proposing Local & Community Level Security and Non-military & Non-kinetic Security Options & Solutions to curb the issue of insecurity in the country.
HIV CRIMINALIZATION: NOT AN OPTION IN NIGERIA
A Brief for Parliamentarians
In recent times, there have been calls for the criminalization of exposure to, or transmission of, HIV Infection in Nigeria due largely to a perceived upsurge in the rate of infections of persons in some parts of the country; and also, as a result of observed trends at the sub-regional level. A number of states in the country (e.g., Nasarawa and Akwa Ibom) have recently passed legislation or proposed legislations which extensively criminalise exposure to and transmission of the virus without due regards to the public health, legal, and human rights implications of the law.
COMPLICITY OF NIGERIA’S JUDICIARY IN SHRINKING CIVIC SPACE
Nigeria’s shrinking civic space has been a matter of discourse without abatement
for years now. The Nigerian Judiciary is gradually now it seems also now stifling
the Civil Society sector via dismissal of suits instituted to challenge irregularities
identified both in the letter of the law and in the action or management of state
affairs by agents of the government. This is evident in the courts’ awarding of
outrageous sums as cost in suits brought by Civil Society Organizations in the
interpretation of laws or public impact litigation.
SNAP-SHOT OF LAWYERS ALERT’S LGBTIQ RIGHTS WORK IN NIGERIA
In 2013 Nigeria passed a same-sex prohibition act which prohibits all forms of same-sex relationships and advocacy for same including the registration of any association or club with such objectives. The implication of the passage of this law was an enhanced crackdown on the LGBTI community by security agencies and intolerance from the general populace.
END SARS IN NIGERIA: LAWYERS ALERT’S INTERVENTION.
Nigeria recently experienced social protest over the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force. Over the years, SARS had been accused of a range of extra-judicial actions ranging from unlawful arrests to extortion and killings. Most of these accusations went uninvestigated and unpunished, owing to poor state protection and lack of accountability mechanisms for the state security apparatus.
REPORT OF SNAP ASSESSMENT OF THE GENDER UNIT(GU) OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE OCTOBER, 2020.
About Lawyers Alert
Lawyers Alert (LA) is a human rights organization with focus on the rights of women and vulnerable persons. We promote and protect the rights of women and vulnerable groups via legal literacy, monitoring and documentation of rights violations, provision of free legal services and advocacy for laws and policy reforms. We are currently facilitating an SRHR movement in Nigeria with over 70 members. www.lawyeralertng.org.
LAWYERS ALERT’S SURVEY TOOL ON GENDER AND HUMAN RIGHTS
This tool is made available to partners, organizations in Nigeria and Abroad who may at any time need to carry out an assessment of the gender and human rights situation of a given place. This tool shall serve as a guide to such interventions.
UPDATED FINDINGS ON PETTY OFFENCES VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA PARTNERSHIP WITH OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR WEST AFRICA (OSIWA) SEPTEMBER 2020
Petty Offences are basically those offences that were created by colonial masters in an attempt to have a stronghold on people and right to self-expression and determination. In some instances, petty offences are said to be “victimless” i.e. where no one suffers any injury, yet, the actor is said to have committed an offence and is sent to jail. Others define it as those offences that do not necessarily deserve custodial sentences. Examples of petty offences including hawking, loitering, begging, etc.
AN ASSESSMENT OF VULNERABLE GROUPS IN NIGERIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC 2020
The Corona Virus Disease-19, better known as COVID-19, has triggered a worldwide pandemic which has also affected Nigeria. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was announced on 27 February 2020, when an Italian citizen in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, tested positive for the virus. Since then more cases have been identified as the highly contagious disease slowly spread through the general population.
Report on Human Rights violations associated with COVID-19 in Nigeria 2020
Lawyers Alert has been monitoring violations over the years in the realm of civil and political rights, Sexual and reproductive health rights, access to justice, and petty offenses. We have an online tool that analyses violation according to types, frequency, age, and locations and have issued several violations report in the past (https://www.lawyersalertng.org/resources).