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IFALOYE, O. R and Folarin, S. F. and Duruji, M. M. (2019) INVESTIGATING THE CHALLENGES THAT INHIBITED THE SUCCESS OF NIGERIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS INVESTIGATION COMMISSION. In: 5th International Conference on Advances in Education and Social Sciences, 21-23 October 2019, Istanbul, Turkey.

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The Oputa Panel received an extensive and dominant mandate which was to find the causes and repercussions of all the severe human rights abuses that ensued as a result of the military’s interference in governance from January 15, 1966 to May 28, 1999 when the military quit the political scene for a democratically elected government. Also, the commission was authorised to write a report on its findings and make appropriate recommendations for judicial, administrative and legislative reforms that would deal with human rights violations in the country. Theoretically, this was a powerful commission with a strong mandate. However, in reality, it was not backed with adequate funding, sufficient legal power and support from the government to carry out the mandate. This paper employed qualitative method to enunciate the issues that affected the operations and results of the Oputa Panel. In light of these factors that limited the impact of the Commission, the paper drew suitable recommendations to ensure that truth commissions established in Africa are more effective in addressing past human rights violations and promote reconciliation. One of such is increased pressure and participation from both domestic and international human rights community to promote accountability.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Challenges, Human rights, Nigeria, Oputa Panel, Transitional Justice, Truth Commissions
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 14:15
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 14:15

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