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Title:Human rights enforcement by people living in poverty: access to justice in Nigeria
Authors:Brems, EvaISNI
Adekoya, Charles OlufemiISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Journal of African Law (ISSN 0021-8553)
Volume:54
Issue:2
Pages:258-282
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:access to justice
human rights
poverty
Abstract:This article analyses the challenges facing those living in poverty in Nigeria in accessing justice for the enforcement of their rights, despite those rights being constitutionally protected and despite the existence of a specific procedure for their enforcement. People living in poverty are generally most likely to see their human rights violated, and least likely to enforce their rights. The article posits that the judiciary in developing countries has a crucial role to play in fighting human rights violations specifically affecting people living in poverty, and notes the great challenge for the Nigerian legislator and judiciary towards making justice accessible in practical terms to the needy in Nigeria. The example of public interest litigation in India can serve as a source of inspiration in this respect. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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