n African Human Rights Law Journal - You may not refuse a blood transfusion if you are a Nigerian child : a comment on

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This comment examines a decision of the Nigerian Court of Appeal that a Nigerian child is not entitled to refuse a blood transfusion. The comment notes that the decision was handed down at a time when the Child Rights Law was in operation and that, had this legislation been taken into consideration, the best interests of the child would have led to a more nuanced interpretation and guidance on conditions under which a Nigerian child, in furtherance of the right to freedom of religion, may refuse a blood transfusion.

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