“SERAC’s trainings empower urban poor communities and people who are affected by the policies and actions of our leaders. SERAC aims to ensure that they have the tools to make their voices heard and make sure that they can speak up for themselves, and demand accountability and good governance from their leaders.”
The impact and the results have been quite impressive! Citizens are able to speak for themselves. They’re able to approach the various government institutions and representatives that are responsible for different aspects of their lives, make their complaints to them and follow through to ensure that they are given the right audience. This is a complete change from what they were used to. People have changed their perspective and they are coming out to demand accountability and to ensure that their rights are respected.
I want to say to the donors of SERAC’s programs and activities that you are contributing to making sure that people live dignified lives and have a chance at success in Nigeria. Thank you, Development and Peace. Thank you.”
Anietie is a staff attorney with SERAC. She conducts legal research, documents human rights violations and litigates cases on behalf of victims of human rights violations. As a Fellow, Anietie will develop a project to create a legal framework that will regulate the practice of forced evictions in Lagos.
The Social and Economic Rights Action Centre’s work
SERAC is a long-time Development and Peace partner that works with the victims of forced evictions to help them resist this violation of their rights peacefully through dialogue.
In Lagos State, forced evictions are commonplace. SERAC is currently implementing a civic education and citizen engagement project where community leaders are trained in popular education methods, so they can provide threatened communities with the knowledge and tools they need to engage in effective dialogue with the government.
In 2017, in Lagos State
were forcibly evicted.
were killed in violent evictions.
went missing due to evictions.
live daily under the threat of forced eviction.
Source: Amnesty International