ICARH’s human rights Unit is saddled with the responsibility of promoting and protecting the rights of minority groups in the FCT and across the country, intervening in cases of human rights breach of persons based on their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Our human rights services are focused on the following areas: Legal representation, paralegal services, documentation and monitoring, advocacy, psychosocial services and the provision of safety & security measures to our target population.
Through our network of lawyers across Nigeria, we provide pro-bono legal services to victims of violence and discrimination based on their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Through evidence based reporting of cases of violence of LGBTIQ persons, ICARH engages with national, regional and international human rights bodies to ensure that the rights of sexual minorities are recognised, protected and promoted. Our advocacy at the national level involves engagement with stakeholders such as the National Human Rights Commission, the Judiciary, National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), the Nigerian Police force (NPF), and the media for the mainstreaming of minority sexual rights into the broader human rights discourse.
Through capacity building forums e.g. Trainings, meetings, focused group discussion, ICARH promotes sexual diversity not just at the community level but also at stakeholders level.
Recognizing the importance of understanding their personal security, ICARH offers security and safety information to sexual minorities to ensure that human rights breach are kept to a minimum. Through our 24/7 dedicated telephone helplines, we are able to report attack and provide immediate assistance through all available justice systems.