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IHRDA and WARDC on behalf of Mary Sunday v Nigeria

Geographic relevance: Africa

Language: English

Data type: Legal citations

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Two civil society organisations, the IHRDA and WARDC, brought a case to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on behalf of Mary Sunday. Mary Sunday was a Nigerian woman who was subjected to domestic violence by her husband, a policeman. She complained to local law enforcement authorities in Nigeria but they were unwilling to investigate and prosecute in a case involving a member of their police force.

The ECCJ held that the failure of the police to investigate violated Mrs Sunday’s rights to access to justice and to have her case heard.  They ordered the state to pay Mrs Sunday reparations.

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