Summary of international obligations and rights violations

Nigeria has committed to respect and protect fundamental rights in the following international treaties:

  1. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
  2. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
  3. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)
  4. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  5. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

Nigeria is not fulfilling its international obligations by regularly violating or failing to protect the following rights of Christians:

  • The state is manifestly failing to protect Nigerian Christians’ fundamental rights (ICCPR Art.

2Christians are murdered in indiscriminate attacks (ICCPR Art. 6)

  • Christian women are raped, gangraped and sexually abused (ICCPR Art. 7)

  • Christian children are forced to adhere to Islamic religious precepts especially in the Northern states (ICCPR Art. 18 and CRC Art. 14)
  • Converts to Christianity suffer from discrimination and violence especially in the Northern states (ICCPR Arts. 18 and 26)
  • Christians are accused and charged with blasphemy especially in the Northern states (ICCPR Art. 19)