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Incorporate the civil, political, social economic and political human rights obligations assumed by Nigerian government under international human rights treaties it has ratified into domestic law. To immediately constitute an inclusive working group comprised of Northern political and religious leaders, government and legislative officials, human rights and development leaders, reputable journalists, leadership of the Boko Haram sect, representatives of women and youth organizations drawn from all the Northern States. The group’s main goal is to undertake a working assessment of the growing violent conflict in the region, facilitate true reconciliation, and develop a work plan for expanding democratic engagement and developmental progress in Northern Nigeria.

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Mount and sustain pressure on the Nigerian government to respect its obligations under international human rights law to restore peace, order and respect for human rights and the rule of law in its security and anti-insurgency interventions. Make available generous funds to the human rights groups and humanitarian organizations to monitor, assess the human rights situations in those areas and provide relief to the sick and wounded. To support SPACES FOR CHANGE’s appeal to the United Nations to Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Ms. Raquel Ronik to visit Nigeria in order to "examine, monitor, advise and publicly report" on human rights problems through "activities undertaken by special procedures, including responding to individual complaints, conducting studies, providing advice on technical cooperation at the country level, and engaging in general promotional activities”.

To Northern State Governments, Nigerian Security Forces (Strategic Youth Engagement): SPACES FOR CHANGE’s constant engagement and interactions with Nigerian youths of northern extraction informed the following peace-building strategies that can upscale ongoing anti-terror interventions:

a. Reform the juvenile and criminal justice systems to better prepare youth for second chances. b. To introduce and implement initiatives - in collaboration with local youth associations, age grades, Islamiya schools - that build trust and improve civilian-military relations between local youths, community residents and security agents. Such programs may include sporting events, community development projects and skill development programs. c. To refrain from using extreme force on young persons suspected to be involved in insurgent operations, as this fuels their animosity towards security forces, forcing them to regroup, and recruit more aggrieved persons to organize and unleash retaliatory actions often anchored on religious fanaticism. d. To offer civic education in schools for young people to learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens. This includes organizing regular forums where political leaders and security forces will directly engage, educate, reorient and empower them to challenge social norms, cultural and religious practices that promote fanaticism and fundamentalism. DEMOLISHING FOUNDATIONS OF PEACE

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This report critically examines the effectiveness and human rights implications of using house demolitions to deter terrorism in Northern N...

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This report critically examines the effectiveness and human rights implications of using house demolitions to deter terrorism in Northern N...

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