Senate Passes Amendment Bill To Allign Human Rights Commission With Global Standards

The Senate Tuesday passed for third reading, the repeal and enactment Bill on the National Human Rights Commission.

The Bill titled: "National Human Rights Commission Act 2004 (Repeal and Enactment) Bill 2022, primarily seeks to increase funding for the Commission for optimal performance in sustaining the Grade A status rating, the United Nations General Assembly gave Nigeria in recognition of its compliance  to human rights principles.

Objectives of the bill as contained in the report presented by the Chairman,  Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, is  repositioning and streamlining the Institutional framework of National Human Rights Commission.

This he explained, will be done by strengthening the commission's capacity on investigations of  human rights issues.

"The signing of this bill into law, will further guarantee the grade A status granted to Nigeria by the United Nations General Assembly in recognition of its compliance with the provisions of the Paris principles.

"The bill also makes specific provisions to provide for the establishment of the National Human Rights Fund in the National Budget as well as provide effective means of sustaining contributions to the Fund.

"A virile and enduring democratic value system cannot be fully entrenched in Nigeria, if we do not have an Independent and incorruptible human rights Institution with adequate funding mechanisms free from unnecessary interference from the Government", he said.

He explained further that the human rights funds which the bill seeks to establish is in line with global practices as it relates to human rights institutions worldwide.

"One of the salient provisions of the bill, is the aspect that has to do with investigations and conduct of public hearings on human rights issues and abuses.

"The proposed legislation would engender exchange of good practice and consensus - building, which are the essential components of national reconciliation" he added.

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