NIGERIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD An assessment of the last two decades

The struggles for human rights in Nigeria have been long, arduous, and continue to this day. Before establishing the current democratic government in 1999, Nigerians were subjected to sixteen years of oppressive military rule marked by scores of human rights violations. The Nigerian military not only governed with brute force but also institutionalized human rights violations into the Nigerian legal system through decrees.

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