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IHRLG IN NIGERIA
Supporting Coalitions and Mobilizing Grassroots Support for Reform
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Recognizing the critical role that Nigerian human rights activists and organizations must play in making human rights protection a reality for the people of Nigeria, IHRLG has placed the encouragement and facilitation of coalition building within the local human rights community at the core of our program of action. Our Internet-equipped Human Rights Resource Center in Abuja facilitates our coalition partners' access to and exchange of information, and provides a central location for holding organizing meetings.

Since its creation in the fall of 2000, the Nigeria Legislative Advocacy Coalition (NLAC), of which IHRLG is a member, has formed the issue-based Freedom of Information Coalition, Violence Against Women Coalition, Zero-Corruption Coalition, Electoral Reform Network and Citizen's Forum for Constitutional Reform.

Recent of IHRLG's coalition-building activities implemented with local partners include

  • Drafting a human rights act with NLAC members that would incorporate into domestic law those international human rights treaty provisions that have already been ratified by Nigeria, as required by the country's constitution.
  • Organizing national colloquiums in partnership with the Citizens' Forum for Constitutional Reform and the Centre for Advanced Social Sciences to build consensus among civil society organizations (CSOs) around contentious areas of the 1999 Constitution, especially in relation to social and economic rights, political parties and freedom of information, and fiscal federalism.
  • Implementing a sustainable development awareness campaign and legislative advocacy initiative with the League for Human Rights to press the Jos, Plateau State House of Assembly to pass an Edict for the creation of the Plateau State Land Reclamation and Ecological Development Board.
  • Collaborating with Media Rights Agenda in advocating the adoption of a freedom of information bill, which might eventually serve as an important mechanism for investigating and redressing human rights violations in Nigeria and ending the system of impunity that has long protected human rights abusers.
  • Co-convening a legislative advocacy meeting for CSOs, with the Centre for Development and Population Activities and John Hopkins University Center for Communications Program, in response to the Nigerian House of Represenatives' call for civil society feedback on the proposed Electoral Reform Bill.

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