Practice Relating to Rule 131. Treatment of Displaced Persons
Section D. Specific needs of displaced women, children and elderly persons
In 2008, in its combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Nigeria stated:
The armed conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia caused an influx of refugees into Nigeria, the bulk of them are women and children. The National Commission for Refugees (NCR) maintains a camp in Oru, Ogun State …
… National and [i]nternational CSOs [civil society organizations] have been able to augment government efforts towards the promotion and the protection of the rights of women and children within the camp. Refugee children enjoy equal rights as nationals with regards to all the rights enshrined in the CRC [1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child], for instance:
- Health & Nutrition: Refugee children have access to the national health services. Every year immunization against Polio, yellow fever, measles and other vaccine preventable diseases are conducted for all children and adults in the camp, through the National Expanded Programme of Immunization. Free pre-natal services were offered at the government hospitals in Ijebu-Ode and Oru for pregnant women. After delivery, children are immunized progressively from first week to the ninth week.
- Birth Registration:
Refugee children have access to birth registration through the National Population Commission.