The Federal Republic of Nigeria is committed to the progressive realization of the basic rights and freedoms of individuals and groups as well as their duties enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights through legislative, policy, judicial, administrative and budgetary measures.
Efforts have been made within the period under review (2015-16) by Nigeria to improve on her obligation to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights by enhancing the capacity and independence of the judiciary, relevant ministries and human rights institutions. This includes direct intervention programmes and projects that seek to impact on the standard of living, quality of life, security and welfare of the individuals and groups within her jurisdiction.
Admittedly, there are numerous challenges ahead in the effective promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights and in the realization of the time-bound Sustainable Development Goals.
It is against this background that this 6th Periodic Country Report seeks to highlight the general and specific measures adopted in the implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) since 2015. The Report also identifies the progress made and challenges being encountered in the effective promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights guaranteed under the Charter.
The preparation of this Report was coordinated by the Department of Comparative and International Law of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja. It is my hope that the distinguished experts of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will appreciate the progress made so far, the efforts being made to overcome the identified challenges and support Nigeria’s commitment to sustain this momentum in the overall interest of Nigerians. Mr.
Abubakar Malami SAN
The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice
Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja