Human Rights Violations Investigations Panel (Oputa Panel)

Yusuf, Hakeem (2013). Human Rights Violations Investigations Panel (Oputa Panel). In: Stan, Lavinia and Nedelsky, Nadia eds. Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, Volume 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 160–165.


The Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission, the ‘Oputa Panel’ was established in June 1999 on the transition to civil democratic rule in Nigeria. Established by Statutory Instrument No.8 of 1999 under the hand of President Obasanjo pursuant to Tribunals of Inquiry Act (TIA), Chapter 447, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990, its mandate was to ascertain all incidents of gross violations of human rights committed in Nigeria between the 15 January 1966 and 28 May 1999. The Oputa Panel was to identify persons and institutions accountable the violations and the effects on victims and the society generally. It was also mandated to recommend appropriate measures to redress past injustices and prevent future violations of human rights in the country.

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