Here is Why Nigerian Lawyer Won International Bar Associations Human Rights Award 2018
Posted: 15/Oct/2018

A Nigerian human rights lawyer, Adeola Austin Oyinlade, has been declared winner of the International Bar Association’s Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Legal Practitioner to Human Rights for 2018.

The prestigious award was presented to him at this year’s IBA Conference in Rome, Italy.

Oyinlade emerged winner ahead of other finalists from many countries across the world.

Each year, the International Bar Association presents the award to an outstanding lawyer in the world of human rights law.

The IBA has a membership of over more than 80,000 individual lawyers and 195 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents across the world.

Oyinlade has distinguished himself through his courageous stand for human rights and his pro-bono legal services to the poor in Nigeria.

As a lawyer advocating equitable, just and fair society over the years, he has taken his human rights empowerment further by simplifying human rights laws and safeguards to the understanding of ordinary people on the street in English and major local languages, including Pidgin, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, spoken by over 100 million people in Nigeria.

The IBA award winner pioneered human rights empowerment via mobile technology when he created “Know Your Rights Nigeria” app for millions of android, iPhone and web users in Nigeria.

The app and the web version of his work simplify all human rights laws in force with safeguards in English, Pidgin, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages alongside platforms where users engage him and his team of over 50 lawyers daily for free legal support on human rights issues.

The lawyer and UN Peace Ambassador also created platforms on the app where users report abuse anonymously, get safeguards on what steps to take in the face of assaults, and get connected to security forces for help, thereby pioneering the first ever human rights empowerment innovation with mere push of buttons in the palms in English and major local languages in the era of mobile technological advancement.

Since the human right lawyer unveiled the app and web version for human rights empowerment, it has proved very effective for its free access, speedy dissemination of human rights information and free legal advisory with over 200 thousand people as beneficiaries.

The rights empowerment app in major local languages has made a real difference for the situation of the defenceless and ordinary people on the street in Nigeria.

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By TML News