Towards a Systems Theory Approach to Managing Human Rights Violations in Nigeria

Stanley C. Igwe, Alale Osaro Obari


This paper attempted a documentary assessment of human rights violations in Nigeria in the last two decades (1999-2020) given that the period constitutes the lengthiest uninterrupted democratic era since the country’s independence in 1960. The study found that human rights violations still persist in both covert and overt forms in the present than as in the past. The paper further attempted gauging these violations within the premises of the presence and absence of functional systems approach to governance within the country and subsumes that a close knit network between the machinery of governance with particular reference to its security operatives and active human rights and civil society groups will go a long way to minimizing cases of human rights abuses in the country.


Nigeria; Human rights; Human Rights Abuses; Human Rights Defenders, Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, Systems Approach; human rights-based approach (HRBA)

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