Freedom of Association, Assembly, and Expression (NG0027)
Action Plan: Nigeria Action Plan 2019-2021
Action Plan Cycle: 2019
Lead Institution: National Human Rights Commission
Support Institution(s): Ministry of Budget and National Planning, National Assembly, Ministry of Information, Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Special Control Unit on Money Laundering, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Financial Reporting Council, Department of State Service, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Civil Defense, National Orientation Agency, Bureau for Public Service Reforms (BPSR). Spaces for Change, Media Rights Agenda, Paradigm Initiative, Nigeria Network of NGOs, Amnesty International, PLAC, CISLAC, CDD, INGO Forum, SERAP, NOPRIN, EiE.
Policy AreasCivic Space, Defending Journalists and Activists, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association, Human Rights, Justice, Justice for OG, Policing & Corrections
This commitment will ensure that citizens and citizen organisations can inform and influence government policies and actions through their freedom to associate, assemble and express themselves freely thereby encouraging constant partnership between the public, private and third sector.
Freedom of association, assembly and expression while moderate in Nigeria, citizens are beginning to witness increased attacks on journalists, bloggers, online influencers and human rights defenders who voice concern or report government failings or are against policies, failure to respect citizens’ rights to protests and assemblies and proposals on civil society regulatory frameworks/laws/regulations capable of creating barriers to independent and efficient operation of formal civil society organisations.
Specific OGP issue:
1. Low level of citizens voices in the policy making process.
2. Weak safeguards against undue arrest of citizens and non-state actors.
3. Weak citizens and civil society engagement in all levels of government decision-making.
4. Weak civil society-government relationship.
Rationale for the commitment:
Many of the OGP commitments will benefit from an open civic space for its success, for example opening government systems and processes, curbing corruption and illicit flows cannot be felt government-wide without active citizens, media and nonstate actors that can use data and information to hold governments accountable. Citizens cannot provide information to government on its policies and programmes where the fear of arrest, gagging and restrictions exists on their ability to speak freely and openly. The public cannot voice or discuss public interest issues freely when there are restrictions on their ability to assemble and or protest.
To ensure that citizens and citizen organisations can freely assemble, associate and express their opinions on government policies and programmes.
Improved citizens participation and enabling the environment for advocacy, including working collectively towards open and responsive government, guaranteed protection of basic civil liberties such freedom of association, assembly and expression.
See action plan for milestone activities
NG0015, 2019, Anti-Corruption
Implement Open Contracting and the Open Contracting Data Standard
NG0016, 2019, Access to Information
Transparent Tax Revenue Reporting
NG0017, 2019, Legislation & Regulation
Open Contracting and Licensing in Extractives
NG0018, 2019, Access to Information
Implement EITI Standard
NG0019, 2019, Anti-Corruption
Establish Beneficial Ownership Registry
NG0020, 2019, Access to Information
Strengthen Asset Recovery Legislation
NG0021, 2019, Anti-Corruption
Implement National Anti-Corruption Strategy
NG0022, 2019, Anti-Corruption
Improve Compliance with Freedom of Information Act with Focus on Records Management
NG0023, 2019, Access to Information
Improved Compliance with Mandatory Publication Provisions Requirement (FOIA)
NG0024, 2019, Access to Information
Implement Permanent Dialogue Mechanism
NG0025, 2019, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance
Aggregate Citizens' Feedback on Programs
NG0026, 2019, E-Government
Freedom of Association, Assembly, and Expression
NG0027, 2019, Civic Space
Enhance Participation of the Vulnerable
NG0028, 2019, Capacity Building
Implement New Computer Program in 6 Government Ministries to Improve Service Delivery
NG0029, 2019, Capacity Building
Legal Instrument to Strengthen SERVICOM
NG0030, 2019, Legislation & Regulation
Citizen Participation in Budget Cycle
NG0001, 2017, Access to Information
NG0002, 2017, Access to Information
Extractive Sector Transparency
NG0003, 2017, Access to Information
Tax Reporting Standards
NG0004, 2017, Fiscal Openness
World Bank Doing Business Index
NG0005, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport
Beneficial Ownership Register
NG0006, 2017, Anti-Corruption
Anti-Corruption Informationi Sharing
NG0007, 2017, Anti-Corruption
Asset Recovery Legislation
NG0008, 2017, Capacity Building
Anti-Corruption Activity Coordination
NG0009, 2017, Anti-Corruption
FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting
NG0010, 2017, Access to Information
FOIA Compliance for Disclosure
NG0011, 2017, Access to Information
Permanent Dialogue Mechanism
NG0012, 2017, Fiscal Openness
Joint Governmnet-Civil Society Legislation Review
NG0013, 2017, Fiscal Openness
Technology-Based Citizens' Feedback
NG0014, 2017, E-Government