During its term, Nigeria undertook a remarkable change of approach regarding the Council's work on country situations, and ended its term in 2012 on a very positive note, becoming one of the strongest supporters of country-specific action in the African Group.

Voting Record in 2016

 Voting Record in 2015

2012 Analysis

In September 2011, Human Rights Watch expressed disappointment at Nigeria’s voting record, noting that its performance was among the worst in the African Group.[1] The following year, Nigeria took a much different tack. In the past, Nigeria had either voted against or abstained on all country-specific resolutions. From August 2011 to September 2012, however, Nigeria voted in favor of all country resolutions put to a vote under agenda items 2 and 4, except the resolutions on Belarus and Iran where it continued to abstain.

Nigeria voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. 

Nigeria’s contribution was felt beyond its votes. Nigeria's involvement in support of Council action on Sri Lanka was significant, as were its support for the joint statement and its sponsorship for the resolution on the human rights situation in Eritrea. Nigeria also supported the Swiss-coordinated joint statement calling for the referral of the Syrian case to the ICC. In 2012 Nigeria co-sponsored 27 country-specific resolutions. 

Nigeria’s contribution to the Council’s response to country situations is significant and should continue beyond its membership. In particular, Nigeria should broaden its intervention in country-specific debates and its co-sponsorship of country-specific resolutions.

[1] Human Rights Watch, "Keeping the Momentum”, One Year in the Life of the UN Human Rights Council, September 2011,

Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012