Human rights violations investigations commission, the Oputa Panel (Nigeria)

Yusuf, Hakeem (2013) Human rights violations investigations commission, the Oputa Panel (Nigeria). In: Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 160-165. ISBN 9780521196277

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Abstract

The Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission, known as the Oputa Panel, was established through the Statutory Instrument 8 of June 1999 by President Olusegun Obasanjo pursuant to the Tribunals of Inquiry Act of 1990 to investigate incidents of Transitional Justice Institutions and Organizations gross violations of human rights committed in Nigeria between January 15, 1966, the day when a military coup instituted military control over the country, and May 28, 1999, when Obasanjo became president. The Oputa Panel was to identify persons and institutions responsible for the human rights violations, assess their effects on victims and the general society, and recommend appropriate measures to redress past injustices and prevent future violations.