Center for Human Rights in Islam

Non Profit

The Centre for Human Rights in Islam (CHRI) is a non-profit making advocacy project, established to defend and promote universally recognised human rights from the perspective of Islam in the first instance.

Secondly, the Centre is set up to debunk the wrongly held view and applied notion that Islam is anti-human rights or poses a challenge to the universality of human rights.

Thirdly, the Centre is established to research, propagate, publish and promote human rights in the area of civil, political, social, cultural, reproductive health rights, participatory rights, developmental and environmental rights.

The Centre specifically targets women and children, people living with HIV/AIDS and the physically and mentally challenged, in an effort to show the wide range of rights accorded by Islam and to show that the deep-rooted stigmatisation, discrimination and exclusion of this category of people, from the scheme of things, is anti-Islam.

The Centre advocates specifically on issues such as girl-child marriages, domestic violence, reproductive healthcare issues, forced marriages.

The centre was established in 2000, following the reintroduction of shariah criminal code in some northern state of Nigeria, as a result of which a number of women were accused of committing adulterer, taken to Shariah courts and sentenced to death by stoning.

The founder of the centre who is the current executive director of the centre participated in the appeal cases of Safiyah Hussain Tungar Tudu, from Sokoto state, Amina Lawal from katsina state and others, and he provided the grounds of appeal which led to the discharge and acquittal of the accused women mentioned above

The centre also intervenes in cases of human rights violation, from violated women and abused children. Such cases are sometimes transferred to courts, Legal aid council or Hisbah Boards for determination.

The centre trains youths, male and female, on human rights programme, under the Young Human Rights Advocates in Islam programme. The programme also pays examinations fees for the youth to re-sit WAEC or NECO Examinations

The Centre takes part in activities and programmes of other civil society organisations and government institutions and ministries at state as well as federal levels.

Professor Mustapha Hussain Ismail.

Director Centre for Human Rights in Islam.


Gidan Mohammed Habib Yassar,
Kofar Famfo, off Chalawa/BUK/FCE
Junction, Opposite WTC Kano,
Tel: 08081147568, 08037036172