NHRC Raises Alarm as Human Rights Abuses Soar to 106,604 in June

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern over the significant increase in reported human rights violations in June 2024, with 106,604 complaints received.

According to the Executive Secretary, Anthony Ojukwu (SAN), this surge is attributed to growing awareness among citizens.

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“For the month of June, we have received an unprecedented number of 106,604 complaints. This increase is disturbing but not unexpected,” Ojukwu said. “This is a positive development and a testament to the concerted efforts of all stakeholders.”

Ojukwu emphasized that the increase in complaints highlights the impact of targeted interventions and collaborative efforts in protecting the rights of vulnerable populations. He stressed the importance of the monthly dashboard meetings in identifying key trends and issues in communities and called on all relevant stakeholders to safeguard human rights.

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Presenting the dashboard report, senior human rights adviser Hilary Ogbonna highlighted child rights as a critical issue. “For children who are facing the issues of right to survival and development, they are also likely to face other and serial human rights issues including child marriage, child labour, sexual abuse, right to education being abridged, and finally abandonment,” Ogbonna said.

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The report revealed that the North-Central region recorded the highest number of human rights violations in June, with 29,462 cases.

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had two collection centers for complaints. Other regions reported the following numbers: South-East (9,164), South-West (18,458), South-South (21,603), North-East (12,907), and North-West (15,101).

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