An Examination of the Legal Regime for Guaranteeing Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria

ABSTRACT

Over the years, people across the world regardless of race, gender or perceived disability have been subjected to various forms of human rights violations. The case of people with disabilities is special, as violations of their fundamental rights are (to a greater extent) more rampant. In Nigeria, there are approximately 19 million persons living with one form of disability or another.  A majority of them are stereotyped as being poor and unhealthy and as a result, they are often taunted by the society at large. Against this background, this article examines four major laws and their impact on persons with disabilities; the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Lagos State Special Peoples Law, and the Nigerians with Disability Decree. This article also sets forth the need for guaranteeing the entirety of rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

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UNILAG Law Review, (2018) Volume 2 Edition 1

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