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    Lawyers Alert launches inquiry on women rights abuses during lockdown

    A Civil Society Organisation in Nigeria, Lawyers Alert, has set wheels in motion to probe cases of abuse of rights of women in the country during the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the rapid spread of Coronavirus. Lawyers Alert in a press statement signed by its Director Programs, Roseline Oghenebrume and made available to newsmen said the initiative was aimed at exposing perpetrators and ensuring justices for victims.

    Oghenebrume said Lawyers Alert in partnership with Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAFA) is conducting a fact-finding exercise of experiences of women during the lockdown owing to COVID-19 vis-à-vis human rights. According to her “We are aware of the violation of the rights of women during the lockdown associated with COVID-19 as evidenced in the media, both social and

    COVID-19: Lawyers Alert launches inquiry on women rights abuses during lockdown

    A Civil Society Organisation in Nigeria, Lawyers Alert has set wheels in motion to probe cases of abuse of rights of women in the country during the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the rapid spread of Coronavirus. Lawyers Alert in a press statement signed by its Director Programs, Roseline Oghenebrume and made available to newsmen said the initiative was aimed at exposing perpetrators and ensuring justices for victims. .

    “Oghenebrume said Lawyers Alert in partnership with Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAFA) is conducting a fact-finding exercise of experiences of women during the lockdown owing to COVID-19 vis-à-vis human rights. According to her “We are aware of the violation of the rights of women during the lockdown associated with COVID-19 as evidenced in the media, both social and.”

    NGOs give ultimatum to Bauchi to implement directives on prison decongestion

    Human rights group known as Lawyers Alert has in conjunction with Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI-NIGERIA) issued a 5-day warning to the Bauchi State Government to implement the federal government’s directive on prison decongestion or face legal fireworks. The NGOs made their position known on Tuesday in an open letter to the State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, signed and made available to newsmen by the Executive Director of PIDI-Nigeria, Mbami Sabka in Bauchi.

    “We would, however, be compelled to approach the courts to compel you to carry out this noble directive in the event of your failure to activate the process within 5 days from your receipt of this letter,” Part of the statement reads. The letter, titled, “Re: Federal Government Directive On Decongestion Of Correctional Facilities, Need For Activation said, “without doubt, we are all aware of COVID-19 Pandemic, the consequences and the science of its infection which without doubt makes the correctional service centres (prisons) a place of high risk infection.

    Lawyers Alert asks Ortom to probe Logo 1 demolition in Makurdi

    A human rights based Civil Society Organization in Nigeria, Lawyers Alert, has called on the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, to investigate the demolition of some houses at Logo 1 area in Makurdi, Benue State. In a press statement signed by its Director Programmes, Lazarus Ahangba, Lawyers Alert urged Ortom to investigate the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the demolitions and the persons responsible for it.

    Lawyers Alert said over 22 houses were demolished in Logo 1 area of Makurdi, the Benue State Capital and that the team that carried out the demolition refused to disclose their identity, the reason for the demolition of the properties and even did not allow the residents to retrieve their valuable. It noted that heavily armed policemen from the Special Anti Robbery Squad accompanied the bulldozer and the people that demolished the houses. According to the statement: “That fateful day, the residents of Logo 1, especially those living behind Midway Inn had a harrowing experience that has thrown their lives out of balance probably forever.

    COVID-19: Lawyers Alert threatens legal action over poor, slow pace of prison decongestion

    A Civil Society organization in Nigeria, Lawyers Alert has threatened to institute legal action over the poor and slow pace of the implementation of the Federal Government’s policy on the decongestion of prisons in the country as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 among the inmates.

    Lawyers Alert in a press statement signed by its Director, Legal Mr. Bamidele Jacobs expressed concern over the manner Federal and State governments are going about the implementation. Bamidele who is also the Head of its Prisons Decongestion Monitoring Team noted that the Federal Government’s list of initial 2,600 prisoners released did not follow its own guidelines as some beneficiaries were products of political considerations.

    Lawyers Alert calls for investigation on Logo 1 demolition in Makurdi

    A human rights based Civil Society Organization in Nigeria, Lawyers Alert has called for investigation on the demolition of some houses at Logo 1 area in Makurdi, Benue State. In a press statement signed by its Director Programmes, Mr Lazarus Ahangba, Lawyers Alert urged Benue State Government to investigate the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the demolitions and the persons responsible for it.

    In a press statement signed by its Director Programmes, Mr Lazarus Ahangba, Lawyers Alert urged Benue State Government to investigate the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the demolitions and the persons responsible for it. Lawyers Alert said over 22 houses were demolished in Logo 1 area of Makurdi, the Benue State Capital and that the team that carried out the demolition refused to disclose their identity, the reason for the demolition of the properties and even did not allow the residents to retrieve her valuable.

    Lawyers Alert drags federal government to court over non-implementation of HIV workplace policy

    A nonprofit organization, Lawyers Alert Nigeria, has dragged the Federal Government to court over non-implementation of HIV workplace policy by employers of labour in the country. The Director of Programs, Lawyers Alert Nigeria, Roseline Oghenebrume said the action became very necessary so that the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation would do the needful. Oghenebrume explained that the HIV and AIDS (anti-discrimination) Act was enacted in 2014 to discourage discrimination against persons living with HIV and AIDS particularly at the workplace. She wondered why it was not implemented since. She added that the law stipulates that agencies and employers must put in place a workplace policy on HIV/AIDS in their institutions so as to prevent discrimination.

    CSO: Criminalizing petty offences indication of inequality in justice delivery system

    The President of Lawyers Alert Nigeria, Mr Rommy Mom, has observed that criminalizing petty offences is an indication of inequality in justice delivery system in the country. He said this at a strategic meeting organised by Lawyers Alert Nigeria in Abuja on the need to decriminalize petty offences in Nigeria.

    Civil Society Organizations that attended the meeting formed an alliance to collaborate, synergize and work together in advocating for the decriminalization of petty offences in the country. The participants drawn from various CSOs dissected the issue of petty offences considering the manner indigent citizens have been unnecessarily arrested, maltreated and imprisoned. Mom frowned that arresting, humiliating and prosecuting helpless citizens over petty offences should stop. He commended the partners for forming an alliance to actualise the decriminalization of petty offences.

    Demanding access to justice

    In February 2014, 15 young men were brutalized by an angry mob, forced from their homes and cast out of their community in Gishiri, a village in the Maitama District of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. During the preceding weeks, 12 young men had been physically assaulted and held in unlawful police detention in Bauchi, a state in northern Nigeria. The alleged crime of these men—as it has been for countless others in the country—was engaging in same-sex sexual relations.

    Discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Nigeria are far too common. Human rights violations against LGBTI people are fuelled by coercive and discriminatory legislation: same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in the country, and in some states in northern Nigeria where Shari’a law is applied, these acts are punishable by death. The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2013, signed into by the President in 2014, imposes a prison sentence of 14 years for anyone who enters a same-sex marriage or civil union. The law also punishes establishing, supporting or participating in gay organizations or same-sex public displays of affection with 10 years in prison. Following passage of this Act, harassment and violence against LGBTI people increased in many parts of the country (1).

    Rape & pedophilia: Covid-19 partial lockdown, weak laws, poverty, exacerbate cases of gender-based violence in Bauchi state

    The application of western and Islamic laws concurrently in Bauchi State has given room for suspected rapists and pedophiles to evade justice, aided by a seemingly overzealous governmental agency which the perpetrators always run to for cover. In this second part of his report on rising cases of rapes and pedophilia in Bauchi State, Haruna Mohammed Salisu reports that the state Sharia’ah Commission has now assumed the role of police and courts, thus effecting arrest and passing sentences on suspected rapists and pedophiles—who seem to benefit from the miscarriage of justice at the detriment of the victims.

     
     

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