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Nigeria: Horrific reign of impunity by SARS makes mockery of anti-torture law

26 June 2020 The Nigerian authorities have failed to prosecute a single officer from the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), despite anti-torture legislation passed in 2017 and evidence that its members continue to use torture and other ill-treatment to execute, punish and extract information from suspects, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, Time to End Impunity, Amnesty International documents at …

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No clean up, no justice: Shell’s oil pollution in the Niger Delta

19 June 2020 Friends of the Earth Europe, Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action, Milieudefensie  Nearly 10 years after a clean-up was urged for areas polluted by Shell and other oil companies in the Niger Delta, work has begun on only 11% of planned sites while vast areas remain heavily contaminated, according to a new investigation by four NGOs. In 2011 …

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Authorities in Nigeria must uphold human rights in fight to curb COVID-19

4 April 2020 The Nigerian authorities must adopt a rights respecting approach and give clear instructions to security agencies not to abuse their powers as the nation tightens its effort to tame the COVID-19 pandemic, which compelled the authorities to impose lockdown and inter-state movement restrictions, Amnesty International said earlier this week. The national response to COVID-19 must be inclusive, …

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Nigeria: Military razes villages as Boko Haram attacks escalate

19 February 2020 The Nigerian military has burned and forcibly displaced entire villages in response to a recent escalation in attacks by the armed group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said today, based on interviews with affected villagers in Borno State and satellite data analysis. The military also arbitrarily detained six men from the displaced villages, continuing a pattern of violations …

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Nigeria: 2020 could be Shell’s year of reckoning

11 February 2020 In 2020 Shell will face unprecedented legal scrutiny over decades of human rights abuses in Nigeria, Amnesty International said today, as the oil giant braces itself for conclusions in a string of European court battles. Allegations range from complicity in unlawful executions to systemic pollution and environmental damage in the Niger Delta. Amnesty International has been researching …

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Nigeria: Rise in Cult Related killings in Rivers state

9 January 2020 At least 60 killed in ten months in Khana and Gokana LGAAt least five killed in two days in Rumuodogo, Emohua LGANo investigation or justice for victimsBodo community targeted, activist killed The failure of authorities to protect people from attacks and intimidation by violent gangs is leading to loss of lives and rising impunity that is making life precarious …

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Nigerians raise alarm over controversial Social Media Bill

18 December 2019 Plan to overhaul internet laws will curtail fake news, supporters say, but critics cry foul over threat to free speech. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have banded together online to call for the scrapping of a bill which, they say, threatens to roll back internet freedoms in the country. The proposed legislation – officially named the Protection from Internet Falsehood …

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Sowore, Bakare and Jalingo declared Prisoners of Conscience

23 November 2019 Amnesty International has declared human rights defenders Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo prisoners of conscience, as they have faced ongoing arbitrary detention and unfair trials solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression. The Nigerian authorities at both federal and state levels have repeatedly targeted human rights defenders, activists and journalists including by stifling dissenting …

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Nigeria’s new media code sparks worries over freedom of expression

2 November 2019 Nigeria has announced it will tighten regulations on social media in a bid to fight the “cancer” of fake news and disinformation, but the proposal has triggered an outcry over a potential crackdown on freedom of expression. Information Minister Lai Mohammed says the measure to strengthen the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the state agency overseeing media regulation, …

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Endangered voices: Attack on freedom of expression in Nigeria

15 October 2019 In Nigeria, the civic space continues to shrink. Nigerian authorities have carried out consistent attack on journalists and media activists through verbal and physical assault, indiscriminate arrest, torture, detention, prosecution through trumped-up charges and abuse of the Cybercrime and Terrorism laws. This research documents these attacks and the failure of the Nigerian authorities to investigate these human …

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