International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Observance of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law by Nigeria Armed Forces in Internal Security Operations
A. Okoh Alubo, Morgan Piwuna

In recent times, the involvement of the armed forces in internal security operations have come under intense scrutiny, even before the release of the 2015, highly acclaimed Amnesty International Report on the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the Nigerian military. The present essay deals with a phalanx of issues ranging from conceptualization of human rights, internal security operations, the relationship between human rights and International Humanitarian Law. It contends that abuses by the military in such internal security challenges are real and rife even though exaggerated and that the military is bound by the plethora of international and domestic legislation (which are highlighted in this essay) but that enforcement is the bane of the Nigerian apparatchik. Conclusions are drawn from the work.

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