17th UPR Session – Country Review of Nigeria

Country Review of Nigeria

Nigerian Government Statements (Opening, Closing, Country Report) [upload pdf]

Media Statement:  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/Highlights22October2013pm.aspx


First Cycle: Date of consideration: 9 February 2009 – 2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Second Cycle: Date of consideration: 22 October 2013 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:30p.m.

Draft Working Group Report: First Cycle [upload pdf], Second Cycle [upload pdf]


Statements on Freedom of Religion or Belief by the Delegation of Nigeria:

16.          The Delegation stated that the issue of sexual orientation did not enjoy consensus within the United Nations human rights system and all attempts to integrate sexual orientation into existing universally recognized human rights have so far failed. The overwhelming majority of Nigerians objected to same sex relationship based on their deep religious, cultural and moral orientations, against which no government could successfully legislate.   There was no policy or practice of witch-hunting people based on their sexual orientation.

70.          The Delegation stated that religious freedom was guaranteed in the Constitution; The Delegations stated that Instances of extra-judicial killings brought to the attention of the Government have been well addressed.

Recommendations’ on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Nigeria by States:




Reference in Report


Step up its awareness-raising and information activities focussing on religious and customary chiefs to ensure peaceful coexistence between people and religions




Protect and promote the right of Nigerians to practice their religious faith or beliefs, including by enhancing the dialogue between different faith communities to address inter-religious tensions – particularly those in the Middle Belt States – and to combat all forms of extremism



Sierra Leone

Intensify efforts aimed at instituting inter-religious dialogue between elders and religious leaders, including in areas not yet affected by religious unrest, and consider holding a national conference on religious tolerance




Continue to support programs that ensure religious coexistence and working on developing an inter-religious dialogue



South Sudan

Continue strengthening the role of the Inter-Religious Council in order to deepen the ethical values and fight against the moral corruption so that extreme and radical ideologies are eradicated from the society



Cote D’Ivoire

Continue actions aimed at peaceful coexistence between different ethnic and religious groups in the country



Holy See

Continue its efforts in responding to the on-going violence by extremist groups against Christians and other minorities, by working to enforce human rights standards in protecting vulnerable populations, by prosecuting promoters of violence, and by promoting interreligious dialogue




Adopt measures to eliminate the economic, social and cultural barriers which exist between different ethnic and religious groups with the aim of facilitating coexistence between them




Ensure the universality of human rights, safeguarding and protecting human rights of all Nigerians irrespective of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or religious affiliation






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