Building connections for drug law reform
Rapid intervention and targeted advocacy halts a bill to enforce stronger sentences for drug-related offences in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s highly draconian drug laws require minimum jail sentences of 15 to 25 years for all drug-related offences. In recent years, judges have used their discretion to reduce sentences and shorten terms for drug offenders. Then, in 2016, a new bill was tabled in parliament to remove this leeway for leniency. YouthRISE Nigeria, a partner in the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response, spearheaded a rapid advocacy campaign to block the bill.
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