Category: Western Africa

The United Nations definition of Western Africa includes the following 16 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • "Everyone’s In On The Game:" Corruption and Human Rights Abuses by the Nigeria Police Force
    • This report documents the myriad forms of police corruption in Nigeria. It also shows how institutionalized extortion, a profound lack of political will to reform the force, and impunity combine to make police corruption a deeply embedded problem.
  • “Political Shari’a”? Human Rights and Islamic Law in Northern Nigeria
    • Considers the addition of criminal law to the jurisdiction of Shari’a (Islamic law) courts in twelve northern states in Nigeria since 2000. According to the report, the manner in which Shari’a has been applied to criminal law has raised a number of serious human rights concerns.
  • Abduction in Eastern Nigeria: A New Way of Undermining Women’s Rights
    • This paper examines abduction as a violation of human rights under relevant international and regional human rights instruments. It is argued that this wave of profit-driven abduction violates women’s rights in eastern Nigeria, with particular focus on Abia State. The paper concludes with suggestions on how to improve responses to the abduction surge.
  • Crime and Human Rights in Nigeria
    • Study of a perceived rise in crime rates in Nigeria with the transition to an elected government, the repressive government response, extrajudicial responses from ordinary citizens, and the role of human rights groups.
  • Designed to deter: Barriers to facilities at secondary schools in Ghana
    • This exploratory study investigated the level of accessibility of the built environment in secondary schools in eight out of the ten regions of Ghana, in order to determine whether they conform to guidelines provided in international building standards and also assess the extent to which they have been designed and constructed to meet the provisions of the Persons with Disability Act 2006, which allows for equal access to public buildings in Ghana. By Anthony K. Danso, Frances E. Owusu-Ansah, Divine Alorwu.
  • Drawing the Lines: The Right to Religion and Religious Crisis in Nigeria
    • This paper reflects on the ongoing friction between Nigerian Muslims and Christians, which was exacerbated by the recent Presidential elections that resulted in violence in the northern part of the country between these two religious groups. Primarily, the paper explores the relationship between the right to religion, which is protected in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and other international human rights instruments, and the continuing religious crisis in Nigeria.
  • IGLHRC: Nigeria
    • Various reports, press releases, and other documents on the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Nigeria.
  • Minorities in Ghana
    • A description of the ethnic structure of Ghana, considering Ghanaian legislation, as well as government policy and practice, in relation to its impact on ethnic groups. The report concludes that the period since 1993 has witnessed significant positive developments in the area of good governance, and offers a number of recommendations to improve ongoing causes of concern regarding minorities.
  • Quest for Power: Human Rights Abuses in Ivory Coast
    • This paper focuses on the relationship between the post election crisis and the violation of human rights in Ivory Coast and examines the role of international organisations in curbing the violation of human rights. The was expected to unite the country, yet it was hindered for a period of 5 years. Rather than peace, the runoff election produced two presidents, violence and human rights violations.
  • Shari’a Implementation in Nigeria: Issues & Challenges on Women’s Rights and Access to Justice
    • Assesses and evaluates the implementation of Shari’a Penal Law and Justice System in Northern Nigeria and its impact on human rights and access to justice issues facing women.