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LEGAL REDRESS FOR VICTIMS OF GRAND CORRUPTION

In ANYTHING on November 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

Adetokunbo Mumuni

Executive Director

Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP)

(Nigeria)

 

 

At the

International Anti-Corruption Conference

Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

November 2010

  1. Introduction: I would like to start by thanking the organisers of this very important and timely seminar. I am also grateful for the opportunity to attend the conference and make this presentation.

 

  1. 2. I must say that I like the title of this paper given to me by the organizers very much. But for the purposes of my presentation, please permit me to reframe the title slightly like this: Legal Redress for victims of Grand Corruption & International Human Rights Law: SERAP’s Experience in Nigeria

  1. Before proceeding further, I would like to say a few words about my organization. I work for a human rights and anti-corruption non-governmental organization called Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). SERAP was in 2004, under the Companies and Allied Matters Decree 1 of 1990 of the Republic of Nigeria. SERAP aims to promote transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors through human rights.

 

  1. In 2008, SERAP was nominated by the DFID for the UN Civil Society Award, coordinated by the UNODC in Abuja. SERAP has observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia. SERAP is also a member of the UN Global Compact, and works closely with the Global Compact office in New York. Last year, SERAP obtained a landmark decision from the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja declaring that the right to education is a legally enforceable human right in Nigeria.

 

  1. In a country where systemic corruption and the resulting poverty, inequality and discrimination deprive many Nigerians of dignity and freedom to explore ways towards development and prosperity, we work to hold government and public officials at the local, state and federal levels accountable for acts of corruption which are conducive to violations of socio-economic rights of citizens. SERAP also aims to ensure Nigeria’s full compliance with the human rights and anti-corruption treaties to which it has voluntarily subscribed. SERAP’s work is divided into three program areas: the Research & Publications program; the Monitoring & Advocacy program; and the Litigation & Legal Services.
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