Appraising the rights of women in internally displaced persons’ camps in Nigeria
Author(s): Mabel O Izzi and Obraori NP Adiela
Abstract: There are different causes of displacement from one’s usual home or dwelling place in Nigeria. These causes include natural disasters such as flooding; inter-tribal conflicts or wars; and the activities of insurgents such as the attacks of Boko Haram sect in some communities in the North East. The result effect of these natural and man-made disaster is the displacement of persons from their homes and sometimes their ancestral lands. Thus, leaving persons who were once independent to become dependent on government and the benevolence of others for survival at the internally displaced person’s (IDP) camps. This paper which adopted the doctrinal research methodology, appraised relevant national and international legislations on the protection of women in IDP camps. It revealed that women in such IDP camps are not adequately protected due to lack of explicit national laws on the subject matter. There is also the need for the domestication, and enforcement of all ratified international instruments on the rights of persons in IDP camps.