Human Rights Commission data shows 1,580 cases of human rights violations in Nigeria in March

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In March alone, the nation documented 1,580 human rights infractions throughout the six geopolitical zones, according to Friday’s revelations in Abuja by the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

Murder, kidnapping, domestic violence, kidnappings, and abuses of children’s rights were among the many human rights that were violated.

According to Mr. Hilary Ogbonna, a senior human rights consultant at the National Human Rights Commission, who made the announcement public at the commission’s headquarters, 468 of the complaints of human rights abuses were lodged in North Central.

Ogbonna detailed the 94 instances of human rights breaches documented by the police, military, and the Department of State Services (DSS), all of which are considered state actors, during a presentation of the results that was attended by Dr. Tony Ojukwu, a senior advocate in Nigeria and the Executive Secretary of the Human Rights Commission.

According to the human rights adviser, 542 examples of children’s rights violations were documented during that time, and the report also included the killings of military and police officers in Delta State.

Additionally, 471 incidents of domestic violence were documented, which he claimed was happening far too often in certain regions of the nation.

According to him, there have been three documented examples of rights violations involving persons with disabilities, with 32 involving non-state actors and 36 involving private actors.

There were 157 cases in other areas, such as social, economic, and cultural rights, while 24 were referred, according to him.

In his estimation, 499 of those cases involved kidnapping or murder, while the committee documented an additional 71 cases of violations of the right to life throughout that time.

According to Ogbonna, all 36 state offices of the commission and Abuja came up with a total of 1,580 human rights breaches.

The rising number of human rights violations is concerning, according to Ogbonna. He mentioned that 40 people were slain in Benue State and 301 schoolchildren were abducted in Kaduna State alone.

Since four people died in Nasarawa State while receiving palliative care, he voiced his dismay at the numerous ways in which people’s rights to life were being infringed.

He continued by urging private and public entities to exercise restraint, noting that retaliation attacks had a role in the documented human rights breaches.

In addition, he urged the military and police to adhere to the legal frameworks established by both domestic and international law while they are conducting investigations.

In his opening remarks, Ojukwu, the commission’s executive secretary, reiterated the body’s dedication to advancing and safeguarding human rights in Nigeria.

To increase efforts to safeguard lives and property and to guarantee a decrease in human rights breaches, he pledged to work with other parties, including the government.

A number of organizations, including the UN Development Program and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, contribute to the NHRC’s monthly dashboard that aims to publicize the human rights situation.

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