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Amnesty International sends a clear message to Nigerian govt: Threats won’t deter us from defending human rights

The Nigerian military is increasingly resorting to threats, intimidation and smears to discredit Amnesty International’s work documenting the human rights violations it has committed, Amnesty International said today. On 24 May 2018 the organization released a report, “They Betrayed Us”, which documented the prevalence of sexual violence against starving women and girls detained in satellite camps under the control of Nigerian …

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Amnesty International exposes the lies of the Buhari administration

Amnesty International published a report (“They betrayed us”) on Thursday 24 May about the rape by the Nigerian military of women who survived Boko Haram. The Nigerian military were quick on the draw in denial.  A statement signed by Brigadier-General John Agim, Acting Director of Defence Information said: “In times like this, Amnesty International is expected to apply the natural law of …

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Boko Haram survivors have been starved and raped by Nigeria’s military

Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. “They betrayed us” reveals how the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF) – a militia who work …

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Fulani herdsmen violence: It’s about more than land

Clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria have left hundreds dead in the past few months. While West African regional leaders met to address the crisis, Nigerian lawmakers are calling President Buhari to task. Eighteen people, including two priests, were killed in an attack on a church in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, on Tuesday. The killings were blamed …

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Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protesters put lives at risk in Nigeria

Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: “This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding …

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New website set up to combat human rights abuses in countries like Nigeria

In 2016, a 12-year-old boy was reportedly detained and tortured in Giwa barracks in northeastern Nigeria. He ended up nearly paralysed. “We wanted to cite the officers in charge,” said lawyer Chino Edmund Obiagwu. “But we weren’t able to get the information on their names.” Obiagwu is the director of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, an organisation representing victims …

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Security forces failed to act on warnings about Boko Haram attack hours before abduction of schoolgirls

Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards a town where they abducted 110 schoolgirls last month, an investigation by Amnesty International has revealed. The military failed to respond while Boko Haram conducted an armed raid on the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state, on …

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Amnesty International activists uncover serious negligence by oil giants Shell and Eni in Nigeria’s Niger Delta

A groundbreaking research project by Amnesty International has exposed evidence of serious negligence by oil giants Shell and Eni, whose irresponsible approach to oil spills in the Niger Delta is exacerbating an environmental crisis. Through the Decoders network, an innovative platform developed by Amnesty International to crowdsource human rights research, the organization enlisted thousands of supporters and activists to collect data …

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‘Escalation of attacks against Christians in Northern Nigeria’ – Baroness Cox

Caroline Cox, a member of the British House of Lords and also CEO of an organisation called Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), released a Briefing Report today (9 February 2018) addressing the ongoing attacks against the Christian community in Northern Nigeria. Her statement is reproduced in full below. Escalation of attacks against Christians in northern Nigeria Briefing report, February 2018 Summary …

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