Activists Urge Government To Strengthen Human Rights Laws

Activists Urge Government To Strengthen Human Rights Laws

Human rights activists have identified torture, extra judicial killings, child abuse and violation of rights of women especially on the issue of rape as some of the prevalent rights abuses in the country.

The activists believe that the prevalence of human rights violations is as a result of a weak criminal justice system, lack of definite and concrete policies on the part of government to protect the rights of Nigerians.

They suggested the domestication of the various human rights treaties signed by Nigeria, strengthening of laws and demonstration of its commitment to stop the abuse of the fundamental rights of all Nigerians as a measure to curb human rights violation in the country.

The year 2012 has witnessed an upsurge in cases of human rights violations in the country. The violations of the rights of individuals range from torture and extrajudicial killings, rape and domestic violence.

The Nigerian Human Rights Commission identified the Nigerian Police as a major violator of human rights in its 2012 report on the insurgency in Nigeria.

Amnesty International added a new dimension to the violation of human rights in the country as it accused the military and the police and other security agencies of violating the rights of Nigerians in the process of tackling security challenges in the northern part of the country.

Police spokesman, Frank Mba, debunking the claim said the police, though not a perfect organization has continued to protect the rights of Nigerians in the discharge of its constitutional duties.

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