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Nigeria: Human rights defenders under attack

, Index number: AFR 44/016/1996

Amnesty International is launching special appeals on behalf of 21 Nigerian human rights defenders. All are prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned for their defence of human rights. The military government in Nigeria continues to repress human rights defenders, calling into question its declared intention to respect human rights and restore democracy. Although some individuals have been released, key political opponents and critics of the government remain in prison, and there have been no substantial reforms to prevent arbitrary detention and unfair political trials in the future.

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