BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA.
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.
LAWYERS ALERT: BUILDING A PETTY OFFENCES DECRIMINALISATION MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA
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 Offencesand economic reasons
UPDATED FINDINGS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS (VWG) IN NIGERIA
This updated report is a compendium of reported violations of Violence Against Women and Girls in Nigeria between July 2019 – March 2021. The data used in this report is drawn from inputs made into Lawyers Alert Documentation Tool (LADockT). https://www.lawyersalertng.com/. The Tool automatically analyzes data, alone age, location, types, trends, etc.
The findings in this report cut across the six (6) geo-political zones in Nigeria. it is instructive to note that most of the violations/cases reported in this tool are associated with issues of rape and violence, especially in the domestic spaces.
UPDATED FINDINGS ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS (SRHR) VIOLATIONS IN NIGERIA
Lawyers Alert focuses on the rights of vulnerable people, primarily through monitoring and documenting abuses of their rights, providing free legal services to them, and advocating for legislative and legal changes to address discrimination against vulnerable people especially women.
Lawyers Alert has been tracking human rights abuses linked to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the last 5 years. In the recent decade, there have been significant advancements in the subject of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in various nations and in Nigeria.
LAWYERS ALERT 2020 ANNUAL REPORT
Highlights from January 2020 to December 2020
In 2020, Lawyers Alert welcomed two new staff to the family; Jeremiah Osogbue and Omotola Omotayo into the ICT Officer and the Media Officer offices, respectively.
Lawyers Alert also released Mr Lazarus Ahangba her Programs Director for close to a decade. We wish him all the best as he steers his organization and we congratulate him on this huge accomplishment.
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.
A MEMORANDUM ON THE VIOLATION OF RIGHTS OF WOMEN DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
Lawyers Alert is a Human Rights, nonprofit and non-governmental organisation that focuses its work on promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, especially women through pro bono legal representation, monitoring and documentation of rights violations for informed engagement with law and policymakers, etc. It has since its inception rendered pro bono legal representations to an estimated number of 1000 women amongst hundreds of persons within the community of other vulnerable groups.
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.