The COVID-19 Pandemic: Human Rights and Access to Justice in Nigeria publication is the report emanating from the research that explored the impact of the pandemic on criminal justice and the effect of subsequent restrictions on the fundamental rights of citizens and their ability to have access to justice. This research study was carried out by the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI Nigeria) under the project ‘Accessing Justice in the Restrictive Environment-COVID-19 Case Study’, funded by Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI).
This research set out to review what the implementation of the quarantine act and attendant regulations have taught us as a society in the promotion and sustenance of rule of law, human rights and public health? The approach used the FCT COVID 19 mobile courts as case study in looking at how were the constitutional rights of defendants protected at the Mobile courts in the FCT? How did the composition of the mobile courts comply with the Public Health and safety standards? How did the use and enforcement of non-custodial sentencing affect sentencing guidelines and support reduction in use of detention? The research also analysed what were the effects of the discretionary powers given to executives under the QA affect the protection of rights and deviations from rule of law?
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