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Nigeria's Kano State Needs Child Protection Law

Feb 16, 2022   •   by   •   Source: Proshare   •   eye-icon 155 views

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 / 09:32 AM / by Human Rights Watch / Header Image Credit: Human Rights Watch

Rights Organizations Demand Action



The federal Child Rights Act (which the draft Child Protection Bill is derived from) was passed by Nigeria's federal parliament in 2003, but has yet to be adopted by Kano State, one of Nigeria's biggest northern states.


FIDA Kano partnered with several non-governmental organizations, including the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists and Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative, to demand justice against various child rights abuses that have taken place in Kano state.


These fresh demands for the bill come in the wake of a grisly killing of a five-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar in December. Three people have been arrested by Kano police and are awaiting trial.


Children in Kano state are at risk of many child rights abuses, including widespread child marriage and sexual violence, including at school. In a recent report on child marriage, Human Rights Watch found that Kano state lacks important safeguards to protect children who are married off as young as 10 years old, denied access to education, and forced to have sex and bear children with the men who marry them.


Human Rights Watch has joined these organizations and others in calling for Kano's state parliament, the House of Assemblies, to urgently adopt the Child Rights Act to bring the state in line with Nigeria's human rights commitments, including the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Adopting the Child Rights Act would increase protection for children against rights violations, such as child marriage, and ensure that victims of crimes are provided with adequate legal redress through the court system.

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