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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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Amnesty International calls on Nigeria to investigate the deaths of three Shia protesters in police custody

6 August 2019 Amnesty International issued a press statement yesterday on the deaths in police custody of three members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria Authorities must investigate deaths in police custody of three IMN protesters At least 3 injured detainees have died in police custody15 injured protestors, including minors, held incommunicado for weeksPolice raid government hospital and arrest …

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Nigeria: The politicised herders and farmers conflict

17 July 2019 Special grazing zones and settlements for pastoralist Fulani groups were supposed to be the answer to the heated farmers and herders conflict. It has instead become a highly politicised debate. It appeared to be a done deal. Nigeria’s government under President Muhammadu Buhari had announced that they would be introducing the so-called Ruga settlements –  a Hausa …

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Nigeria’s Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government

22 April 2019 After much bloodshed, rallies continue as prominent Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky languishes in prison. Four years ago, several members of Abdullahi Muhammad’s family were killed, setting off a series of events that led him to become an outspoken critic of the government. Now 32, Muhammad, a member of the country’s Shia Muslim minority, says he would …

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Nigeria government failures fuel escalating conflict between farmers and herders as death toll nears 4,000

The Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country, resulting in at least 3,641 deaths in the past three years and the displacement of thousands more, Amnesty International revealed today.  17 December 2018 *WARNING: This article contains graphic descriptions of killings …

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Nigeria’s Buhari rattled by Boko Haram attacks as polls loom

1 December 2018 Insecurity is a major electoral issue for President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks re-election in 2019 polls. As Nigeria prepares for general elections in February, a series of attacks by Boko Haram has focused attention on the security situation in the country. The armed group appears to have regained ground in the country’s northeast in 2018, pushing into towns …

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