On the 15th of June 2022, a national law on human rights defenders (HRDs or defenders) in Niger was adopted. The law is entitled « on the rights and duties of human rights defenders » and is the fourth national law to have been adopted on the African continent on the subject of human rights defenders after Côte d’ivoire (2014), Burkina Faso (2017) and Mali (2018).
During an interview on the 7th of July 2022, we spoke to representatives of the Nigerian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders on the process through which this national law was adopted. They explained the context in which the law was developed and pointed out certain challenges, as well as successes in the process of adressing the security of human rights defenders on a national level.
More information on the law, as well as a more in-depth analysis of its provisions, will be provided in this Observatory as soon as possible.