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International Human Rights Day: UN Chief calls for an investigation of the killings of pro-Biafrans

Today, 10 December, is International Human Rights Day which commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark the day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein took part in a programme broadcast to a world audience via Facebook, in which he took questions from …

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Nigeria: At least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra activists killed in chilling crackdown

The Nigerian security forces, led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions and violence resulting in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country, according to an investigation by Amnesty International published today. Analysis of 87 videos, 122 photographs and 146 eye witness testimonies relating to demonstrations and …

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Journalists must be free to do their jobs – US Embassy spokesman

Russell Brooks, the spokesman for the US Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, has sent a thinly-veiled warning to Nigerian authorities on the issue of press freedom. Brooks was speaking yesterday at an event in the Nigerian capital to mark the International Day to End Impunity, Crimes against Journalists organised by the Campaign Against Brutality and for Safety of Journalists in Africa …

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Nigeria: Tens of thousands at risk of imminent mass forced evictions in Lagos

Authorities in Nigeria’s Lagos State must immediately abandon plans to demolish all irregular structures in waterfront communities across the state within the next three days, which would leave tens of thousands of people homeless and destitute, Amnesty International said today. Tens of thousands of people living in settlements along creeks and waterfronts, the majority of whom are poor fishing communities, …

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Nigeria: Crackdown on journalists and assault on protests

The continuing spate of arrests and detentions of journalists and bloggers amid the security forces’ violent disruption of peaceful protests underscores how the Nigerian government appears determined to crush dissent and suffocate freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today. The organization is calling for the authorities to ensure the rights of Nigerians to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of …

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Nigerian police squad ‘get rich’ torturing detainees and demanding bribes

A Nigerian police unit set up to combat violent crime has instead been systematically torturing detainees in its custody as a means of extracting confessions and lucrative bribes, Amnesty International said in a report published on 21 September 2016. In Nigeria: You have signed your death warrant, former detainees told Amnesty International they had been subjected to horrific torture methods, …

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Comical Lai Mohammed v Congressman Tom Marino: Lies v Reality

Congressman Tom Marino, representing Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, wrote to US Secretary of State John Kerry on 1 September highlighting what he called “warning signs” about the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Marino’s letter prompted an almost immediate response from Nigeria’s propaganda minister Comical Lai Mohammed, who claimed in a statement yesterday that the congressman was “out of tune with …

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Nigerian security agents abduct Biafran activist – Amnesty International

Sunday Chucks Obasi (30) was abducted from his home in Amuko Nnewi Anambra State on 16 August by five armed men suspected to be Nigerian security agents who had a vehicle with a government registration number plate. Witnesses say he was injured during the incident. His whereabouts remain unknown. See details below Date: 26 August 2016 PRO-BIAFRAN ACTIVIST SHOT AND …

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Amnesty International calls for investigation of the killing of pro-Biafran protesters

Nigeria: Killing of unarmed pro-Biafra supporters by military must be urgently investigated 10 June 2016 An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian army gunned down unarmed people ahead of last month’s planned pro-Biafran commemoration events in Onitsha, Anambra state. Evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, morgues and hospitals confirms that between 29-30 May 2016, the Nigerian military opened …

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Nigerian military claims are false – Amnesty International

PRESS RELEASE MAY 13, 2016 Nigeria: False military claims against Amnesty International’s Giwa barracks report The claim by Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar that Amnesty International was granted access to Giwa barracks detention center and that it had “accessed the facilities” is completely false. Amnesty International has repeatedly requested access to the detention center and it has never been granted. The …

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