Nigeria reviewed under the UPR
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 00:04


On 9 February 2009, Nigeria was reviewed by the UPR Working Group. The delegation was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ojo Uma Maduekwe. In addressing some of the issues, Mr Maduekwe was assisted by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General. After the delegation responded to the advance written questions, States raised the following major concerns and recommendations:


  • Extrajudicial killings. In this regard, Nigeria acknowledged the existence of sporadic killings by law enforcement officers; however, it denied such actions to be carried out systematically. Further, it specifically declared that Nigeria does not accept any killings by its law enforcement officers

  • Death penalty. Acknowledging the ‘informal moratorium’ practiced by Nigeria, many States recommended it to formalise the moratorium, and subsequently to abolish the death penalty altogether

  • Human rights of detainees/prisoners. Focus was on overcrowding of detention centres, prevalence of arbitrary and prolonged detention, shared detention centres for children and adults, and access to legal assistance for the detainees

  • Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons: Concerns were expressed about the passing of a bill criminalising same-sex marriage by the Nigerian House of Representatives. Many States call for the abrogation of this bill 

  • Discrimination against women, particularly in relation to the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) and a law allowing wife battery in Northern Nigeria

  • It was also recommended that Nigeria issue a standing invitation to all special procedures, ratify the second optional protocol to ICCPR, and to speed up the process for submitting its outstanding periodic reports to the treaty bodies.


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