BHRC and the Nigerian Bar Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further their relationship and to enhance the skills of Nigerian lawyers in the practical application of human rights law in the domestic, regional and international context.

The MOU was signed at the opening of the first training between the two organisations for lawyers from the North Eastern branches of the Nigerian Bar Association on the rights and protections of internally displaced persons.

The training brought together 55 lawyers from NBA branches across North East Nigeria to learn the available domestic, regional and international mechanisms as well as to develop practical skills for evidence collection and preservation. The training was designed to build the capacity and expertise of lawyers working with the estimated 2 million IDPs and nearly 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the wake of the conflicts with Boko Haram. This was the first time that lawyers from all of the branches in North East Nigeria have been brought together.

BHRC then invited the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, A B Mahmoud SAN, to speak at an event in London on the IDP crisis in Nigeria.