Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR)

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) was formed in April, 1989. It started as a small group of professionals, individuals, friends and associates who felt concerned about the detention of the then trade unionist, Mr Femi Aborishade, who was incarcerated in 1989 by hte Federal Military Government under the obnoxious State Security (Preventive Detention) Decree No. 2 of 1984. The group, then known as the "Free Femi Aborishade Committee" was formed to campaign for the release of Mr Aborishade from custody. However, owing to the fact that many Nigerians were eventually being detained under the said Decree while the campaign for Aborishade's release was on, wisdom dictated that an umbrella body be formed to defend, not only the rights of the detainees, but also the Fundamental Human Rights of all Nigerians on a permanent basis. Thus the Committee blossomed into a full-fledged Non-Governmental Organisation whose membership is open to all irrespective of political, ethnic, racial or religious background.




(1) To defend, sustain and promote fundamental human rights guaranteed in the Nigerian Constitution, the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and other international conventions and covenants on human rights.

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 Communique issued at the end of the national executive committee meeting held in Lagos on Saturday 27th of September 2014 at the organisations secretariat

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 ºThe CDHR publishes a quarterly newsletter called "VICTIMS". This is used to mirror rights violations.



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 º mobilisational pro-democracy leaflet, "FREEDOM WATCH" which we publish bi-monthly