Nigeria: Ensure Independence and Effectiveness of the Presidential Investigation Panel
Amnesty International commends all attempts by the government of Nigeria to meet its obligations under the Constitution of Nigeria and international law to investigate, prosecute and punish all crimes under international law and other serious violations of human rights law, whether committed by Boko Haram or the Nigerian military and the civilian joint task force. In this respect, Amnesty International welcomes the constitution of a Presidential Investigation Panel on Review of Compliance of Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement (Presidential Panel) on 11 August 2017. Amnesty International also welcomes the publication of the ToR of the Presidential Panel, which is the first step towards ensuring transparency of its mandate, working methods and scope of investigations. This statement highlights Amnesty International's observations and concerns with respect to the ToR and working methods of the Presidential Panel and calls for immediate action by the government and the Presidential Panel in order to ensure thorough, effective, independent and impartial investigation of allegations.