By Shola Akingboye, 11th June 2021
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has declared its readiness to launch a national programme of action for the protection of the rights of Key Populations (KPs) in Nigeria, to nip the unending allegations of human rights violations against vulnerable members of the society in the bud.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq. made the disclosure in Abuja at a strategic capacity building and planning workshop on the protection of the rights of key populations in Nigeria according to a statement made available to RegentAfrica Times by the commission on Thursday.
The NHRC boss observed that the enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA) has unfortunately increased the level of homophobia and attacks on LGBTQ.
Continuing at the workshop which was organised by the Commission in partnership with EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, UNDP and UNAIDS, Ojukwu said that the proposed national programme of action targeted at protecting the rights of KPs will involve other stakeholders like KPs, the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Police, the Judiciary and other human rights networks across the country.
“The NHRC cannot be silent in the face of the flagrant violations of human rights of the KPs such as arbitrary arrests, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment , lynching, and other forms of extra-judicial murder”, the Executive Secretary stated.
The Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria also told the participants comprising the Commission’s State Coordinators and other partners that NHRC has been making effective intervention into cases of rights violations of key populations, citing the recent protection of the rights of ninety young men who were arbitrarily arrested in Anambra state and charged for cultism and being gay.