Human Rights Foundation, Nigeria (HRF) (www.hrfng.org) is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) with a primary focus on ‘access to justice’. HRF is committed to universal human rights in Nigeria on the following bases, to wit, to:
Uphold and defend the fundamental rights of every person in Nigeria as enshrined in Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 Constitution) and all other laws, domestic and international (to which Nigeria is signatory) that are enforceable in Nigeria; and
Promote and advocate for the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution, particularly where the objectives and principles stated therein are required for the enhancement of the living conditions of every person in Nigeria.
In 2002, HRF’s founder, Victor Fakunle visited Keffi Minimum Prison, Nassarawa State, Nigeria on a missions trip. There, he encountered an overcrowded prison with about 40 inmates in cells built for 8. Most of the inmates had been awaiting trial for a year to five years or more. The inmates had no legal representation. Hence, Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has been advocating for the rule of law and providing legal representation for its indigent clients since then. As a result, HRF has represented over three thousand indigent clients to date. Over the years, we have collaborated with other non-governmental organizations to provide counseling; drugs for HIV-infected inmates, construction of facilities such as boreholes for water, toilets, and bathrooms.