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.
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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 (.
Lawyers Alert Updated SRHR Violations Report In Nigeria.
This is updated SRHR violations in Nigeria which LA commenced in the year 2017. Since then we have produced series of violations reports on a 6-monthly basis. There is the temptation to ask, why so often. We have two reasons for this. Projects we implement seats on being focused and tailored in areas where we have the most challenges. Secondly,
Petty Offences Violation Report.
Petty Offences are basically those offences that were created by colonial masters in attempt to have a strong hold on people and right to self-expression and determination.Petty offenses offend human rightsparticularly rights to movement, expression, liberty,anddignityof person.
Lawyers Alert Report On MSM Violations In Nigeria.
This report is a compendium of reported violations of sexual minorities in Nigeria between April 2017 to March 2018, with a particular focus on men who have sex with men (MSM). The data used in this report is drawn from inputs made into the online rights violation documentation tool developed by Lawyers Alert.