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Our Field Experience

Research,  Advocacy and Publications

CEHRD researches, monitors and document on human rights , small arms, governance and topical biodiversity and environmental issues in the Niger Delta region and their associated human rights impacts.  Below are some of the published papers and reports of CEHRD on the above subject matter.

  • The Big Disarmament Gamble; the Comeback of the Small Arms and Light Weapons.
  • The Proliferation of Small Arms, Armed Groups and Violent Conflicts in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.
  • Harvest of Guns in Rivers State.
  • Group Warns Against Gun Violence in Rivers.
  • Militant’s Action, Military Rage in Nigeria’s Niger Delta; Over 3,000 Urban Poor Rendered Homeless.
  • The Bodo War of Attrition: A briefing paper on the Bodo, Ogoni Crisis.
  • Conflicts Resolution and Peace Building in the Niger Delta: The Role of Government Institutions and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
  • A CEHRD report on the state of human rights abuse and violence in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
  • Bi-Monthly report on Incidence of Election Related Violence Monitored In the South-South zone
  • How to ensure peaceful and sustainable natural resources exploitation and ecosystem protection: the case of Ogoni and Andoni.
  • The challenges of sustainable fisheries in Nigeria.
  • Scooping oil for survival: NNPC celebrates ecosystem hazards in the Niger Delta.
  • Small scale shrimp fisheries in Nigeria.
  • Persistent oil spillage at Bodo Creek; unprecedented impacts on ecosystem stability, biodiversity and food security of Ogoni communities.
  • Pollution and poverty in the Niger Delta region –what is the responsibility of oil companies in Nigeria?
  • Impacts of oil pollution on livelihoods and in Nigeria
  • JK4 oil spill report
  • Impacts of extractive industries on the biodiversity of the Niger Delta region, Nigeria.
  • Climate change and flooding: fate of riverine communities in the Niger Delta
  • Mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation in Niger Delta Communities: role of women
  • The true tragedy: delays and failures in tackling oil spills in the Niger Delta (Joint report with Amnesty International)
  • Another Bodo oil spills: another flawed oil spill investigation in the Niger Delta (Joint report with Amnesty International)
  • Bad information: oil spill investigations in the Niger Delta (Joint report with Amnesty International). 
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CEHRD's Organogram

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Governing Board

Board of Directors

  • Ms Constance Meju                     - Chairperson
  • Ms Jereoma Ikomi                        - member
  • Mr. Patrick Naagbanton                 - member
  • Ms Ibiba Donpedro                   - member
  • Mrs. Linda    Akinsaya                 - member
  • Ms Caroline Obediah                 - member
  • Mr. Steyvn    Obodoekwe         - member
  • Dr. Nenibarini   Zabbey     - member (Coordinator)

International Advisory Board

  • Ms Judith Robinson
  • Professor Scott Pegg
  • Professor Scott H. Baker
  • Gary Foxcroft
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Partnerships and Networks

In a bid to actualize its mission and strategic objectives, CEHRD has partnered with several networks and coalitions at local and international level, sharing similar mission and vision. CEHRD is the coordinating secretariat of the West African Human Rights Defenders Network [WAHRDN] and the Rivers State Chapter of Child Protection (CPN). 

WAHRDN was established in May 2005, at the end of an international conference of human rights organisations in Dakar, Senegal. The network represents 14 national human rights coalitions in the West African Sub-region. 

CEHRD is a leading member of the African Mangrove Network [AMN], working to protect and conserve mangrove forests throughout the African Continent.

Other networks and coalitions which CEHRD belongs to include:- 

  • People's Movement for Human Rights Education [PMHRE] 
  • Publish What You Pay [PWYP] 
  • Gender and Constitution Reform Network [GECORN] 
  • Coalition for Accountability and Transparency in Extractive Industry, Fisheries and Forestry in Nigeria [CATEIFFIN] 
  • National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND)
  • Rivers State chapter of the Civil Society Network on HIV/AIDS [CISNAN] 
  • Niger Delta Citizens Budget Platform [NDCBP] and
  • Transitional Monitoring Group [TMG]

 

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Our History

Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) started as Niger Delta Project for Environment, Human Rights and Development (NDPEHRD). The formation of the organisation was the outcome of a meeting of environmentalists, conservationists, human rights and health activists who gathered, at the village community of Erema in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State, located in the southernmost part of Nigeria.

The meeting resulted into “The Erema Accord” and subsequent meetings in Port Harcourt, headquarters of Rivers State crystallized in the birth of the Niger Delta Project Environment, Human Rights and Development (NDPEHRD) on August 15, 1999. Subsequently, NDPEHRD was registered with the Ministry of Environment as an environmental non-governmental organisation (ENGO) on April 5, 2001, and with the Social Services Bureau of the Ministry of Social Welfare as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on July 13, 2004, with the Government of Rivers State of Nigeria.

NDPEHRD started as a small, independent and progressive group of activists responding to government policies, oil and gas companies activities, human rights violations, proliferations of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) as they affect the rural people of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. 

In mid 2005, following the decision of the board of the Niger Delta Project for Environment, Human Rights and Development (NDPEHRD), to be registered too, with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The name was change from the Niger Delta Project for Environment, Human Rights and Development (NDPEHRD) to Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD).

 

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Our Vision and Mission Statements

Vision

A just society with an enabling environment for the realization of the peoples’ fundamental human rights

Mission

To forge a common link with the rural Niger Delta communities primarily through research, participatory trainings, campaigns and advocacy on the problems confronting them. Equipping them with the basic knowledge of their situation and encouraging them to address the issues themselves.

Core Values

In our work, we do not compromise our:-

  • Selflessness
  • Commitment 
  • Courage
  • Honesty 
  • Accountability 
  • Sincerity 
  • Transparency 

 

Our Objectives

  • To engage in environmental research and advocacy.
  • To pursue conservation of tropical rain-forest, wildlife, and mangrove forest in rural communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
  • To work towards the eradication and prevention of the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)
  • To work towards the eradication of diseases prevalent in the rural communities like malaria, HIV/AIDS, etc.
  • To promote sustainable and green community development.
  • To ensure peace and stability in the communities of the Niger Delta.

 

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Our Programmes

CEHRD's works cover the following three thematic areas:

Human Rights and Governance Program

CEHRD undertakes human rights campaigns, advocacy, and litigation, on behalf of victims of human rights violations. This program pursues good governance through engagement, civic, and voter's education. Also, anti-arms proliferation and unregulated arms trade campaigns are coordinated under this category. CEHRD monitors small arms trade and its misuse or abuse in the hands of government security forces and non-state actors like militia, armed civilian (“cult”) groups, gangsters, etc. We also monitor its consequences on the people, especially women and children. Furthermore, under the Human Rights Program, CEHRD works towards its prevention, minimization and eradication through outreach, education, and legislative campaigns. At the core of the human rights program of CEHRD is the Child Rights Project. 

Child Right Project

In July 2009, CEHRD formalised its partnership arrangement with Stepping Stones Foundation to monitor, document and report child right violations in six states (Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Akwa-Ibom and Edo) of the Niger Delta. The project in line with the mandate of Stepping Stone Nigeria (SSN) is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged children such as the so called “child witches” in the Niger Delta.  We are working towards a world where every child is free and their rights are protected under a just law.

Rural Health and Community Development Program

CEHRD is concerned about the health of the rural Niger Delta community members. This Program area seeks to address issues of rural health. CEHRD runs this program to create awareness, better knowledge, and provide active health care for the rural people in the Niger Delta geographic communities. We also promote health protection through enlightenment, and outreach campaigns against prevalent diseases such as tuberculosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, etc, and planned parenting. 

CEHRD promotes sustainable development of the community in partnership with government where appropriate. However, we oppose ill-planned Development Projects that neglect input from local peoples, including destroying the basis of their rural livelihood and economies. We also promote human rights based development. It is obvious that due to the unevenness in evolution of societies, the development process is often initiated and led by certain categories of people in the community privileged by its history to be enlightened – the top-down approach often lead to “dumped development”. Nevertheless, the development process can only be successful if along the way; there emerge a collectively enlightened people. Apart from this, we are left with a community of beggars and benefactors.

Over the years, CEHRD has carefully ensured that its activities are not influenced by politicians. This has been maintained through non acceptance of bribes or gratifications from the government, oil and gas multinationals or their agencies. The revenue accrued from crude oil which contributes to over 90% of the national revenue, since 1965, predominantly returns to the pocket of those in power and their allies.

Environment and Conservation Program

Recognising that the Environment is life, CEHRD engages in conservation of forests (rainforests, flood plains, and mangrove forests); wild life protection, restoration and bio-diversity conservation; better agricultural and fishing practices to enhance food security. Environmental and conservation program promotes non-violent activities, eco-tourism, volunteerism, community stewardship, and management of local natural resources.

 

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Our Strengths

  • Professional and experienced staff. 
  • Deep knowledge of the Niger Delta environment. 
  • International partnership
  • Research and evidence-based approach to issues.
  • Objectivity and unbiased reporting.
  • Strong advocacy strategy for constructive and non-violent approach to resolving environmental crisis, conflicts and preventing violence.

MAIN GEOGRAPHICAL FOCUS :The Niger Delta Region

 

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Who We Are

CEHRD was incorporated in August 15, 1999 as the Niger Delta Project for Environment, Human Rights and Development (NDPEHRD) and re-incorporated under its new name CEHRD in 2005 following its board decision. CEHRD was founded by conservationists, environmentalists, activists, and health workers in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. CEHRD was formed to respond to the environmental, human rights, rural health, and underdevelopment problems plaguing the Niger Delta.

CEHRD’s scope is local and national in nature. While we liaise with international groups by way of networks and coalitions, our primary focus remains improving on peoples’ traditional knowledge of biodiversity conservation, monitoring, documenting and reporting of human rights violations, and advocating for justice, particularly in the Niger Delta region.

1. Our works cut across all strata of society in terms of age, gender and abilities.

2. The ratio of women to men we serve is 55:45.      

CEHRD’s work spans through the entire Niger Delta. Our main focus is on the rural areas, its people, biodiversity conservation, rural health and population. We also monitor document and report human rights violations across the region. In some of the cases, CEHRD provides legal advocacy to victims of human rights violations. With an unemployment rate of over 70%, dire poverty, and dim prospects, some young men seek financial and physical security by joining armed gangs, or "cults."  Many of these cults are periodically sponsored by local governmental officials and/or community leaders to carry out campaigns of violence designed to influence local decision-making, especially during election periods. Often, these gangs are also used to sway village leaders and communities' opinions on oil-related projects.  In all cases, the influx of cheap arms has led to a drastic increase in violence.