Nigeria Overview

Nigeria has a vibrant civil society and media, however CSOs and journalists face persistent attacks from state and non-state actors particularly when dealing with sensitive issues including security, corruption, human rights, women’s rights and governance. Police and other security agents unlawfully interfere with peaceful protests, rallies and demonstrations, journalists and individuals who are critical of government policies are harassed, and authorities wield substantial influence over state-owned media. Criminalisation of LGBTI activities hinders the full enjoyment of freedom of association and expression and puts human rights defenders working on related rights at greater risk. Additionally, civic space freedoms are severely restricted in areas controlled by Boko Haram.