Human rights violations investigations commission, the Oputa Panel (Nigeria)

Hakeem Yusuf

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The Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission, known as the Oputa Panel, was established through the Statutory Instrument 8 of June 1999 by President Olusegun Obasanjo pursuant to the Tribunals of Inquiry Act of 1990 to investigate incidents of Transitional Justice Institutions and Organizations gross violations of human rights committed in Nigeria between January 15, 1966, the day when a military coup instituted military control over the country, and May 28, 1999, when Obasanjo became president. The Oputa Panel was to identify persons and institutions responsible for the human rights violations, assess their effects on victims and the general society, and recommend appropriate measures to redress past injustices and prevent future violations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Transitional Justice
EditorsLavinia Stan, Nadia Nedelsky
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780521196277
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • transitional justice
  • truth-commissions
  • violations
  • reparations
  • lustration
  • Nigeria
  • authoritarianism
  • impunity
  • judiciary
  • Oputa Panel

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    Yusuf, H. (2013). Human rights violations investigations commission, the Oputa Panel (Nigeria). In L. Stan, & N. Nedelsky (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (1st ed., Vol. 2, pp. 160-165). New York: Cambridge University Press.