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Nigeria: Long overdue judicial commission to probe human rights violations

Responding to Nigeria’s acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo setting up of a judicial commission to review compliance of armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, Osai Ojigho, Director, Amnesty International Nigeria said:  “We welcome the setting up of the judicial commission and its mandate to investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by Nigeria’s security agencies.

Date:
5 August 2017
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Nigeria: Human rights defender facing intimidation: Maurice Fangnon

Human rights defender Maurice Fangnon was detained at the Nigerian Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department in Abuja accused of providing police with false information that a member of a powerful royal family was responsible for arson, murder and forced evictions of residents of the Otodo-Gbame community. He was released four days later, but was asked to report back on Wednesday, 2 August.

Date:
26 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6775/2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Wire Magazine July-September 2017: Brave

Find out about our new campaign Brave to stand with human rights defenders who are threatened just for peacefully speaking out for human rights. Read the story of Esther Kiobel from Nigeria who sees her case with the oil company Shell go to court; she’s accusing Shell of colluding in her husband’s killing over 20 years ago. From Naples, Italy, we hear about the forced eviction of the Gianturco Roma settlement.

Date:
12 July 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/6334/2017
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Decode Oil Spills Innovative data project enlists thousands of digital activists to track Nigeria spills

The latest project from a revolutionary crowdsourcing platform will engage thousands of digital volunteers to help Amnesty International ensure justice for communities devastated by oil spills in the Niger Delta. Amnesty International supporters from all over the world can take part in the Decode Oil Spills project, which aims to hold oil companies like Shell and ENI to account for the environmental damage they have caused in the region.

Date:
3 July 2017
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  • Nigeria
  • Death Penalty

Nigeria: Shell complicit in the arbitrary executions of Ogoni Nine as writ served in Dutch court

New case could put an end to decades of impunity for Shell Esther Kiobel has fought for justice for her husband for more than twenty years Oil giant Shell stands accused of complicity in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of nine men who were hanged by Nigeria’s military government in the 1990s, Amnesty International can reveal today, following the launch of an explosive new case against the company in the Netherlands over four of the executions.

Date:
29 June 2017
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  • Africa
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Nigeria: In the dock: Shell's complicity in the arbitrary execution of the Ogoni Nine

In November 1995, the Nigerian state arbitrarily executed nine men after a blatantly unfair trail. The executions led to global condemnation. Officially accused of involvement in murder, the men had in fact been put on trial because they had challenged the devastating impact of oil production by the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell, in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta. This briefing examines the role played by the Shell in the unfair trial and arbitrary execution of the Ogoni Nine.

Date:
29 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6604/2017
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Response to Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations

Responding to the summary of the report by a the Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations, Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria said: “We stand by the findings of our research and our call for an investigation that is independent, impartial and thorough; criteria that this panel clearly does not meet. We maintain that the nine senior commanders named in our report should be the subject of an effective and independent investigation.

Date:
15 June 2017
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  • Women's Rights

Nigeria: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: 67th Session, 3-21 July 2017

In this submission Amnesty International focuses on the following issues: Legislative measures taken by Nigeria to ensure the protection of the rights of women and girls: Gender based violence resulting from displacements and armed conflict: Forced evictions which led to the disproportionate loss of livelihoods for women, and gender based violence and, finally, the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by the police.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6430/2017
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  • Africa
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Nigerian and International civil society call for clean-up of oil pollution in the Niger Delta to finally begin

Today, Environmental Rights Action, Amnesty International, and Friends of the Earth Europe called for the immediate clean-up of oil pollution in Ogoniland in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, in line with recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its landmark 2011 study of the region. One year since the Nigerian Government officially launched a clean-up programme in Ogoniland, communities affected by decades of oil spills are still waiting for actual action on the ground to begin.

Date:
2 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6411/2017
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Nigeria: Security forces must avoid repression of Biafra day protests

The Nigerian security forces must exercise restraint when policing demonstrations marking the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Biafra War on 30 May, and avoid a repetition of the bloodbath caused by their heavy-handed response last year when more than 60 people were gunned down, said Amnesty International today. “Last year’s heavy-handed response against pro-Biafra activists further stirred up tensions in the south east of Nigeria.

Date:
30 May 2017
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  • Armed Groups

Nigeria: Osai Ojigho joins Amnesty International Nigeria as new Country Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce that human rights lawyer Osai Ojigho joins the organization as Country Director in the Nigeria national office. The appointment underscores Amnesty International’s commitment to Africa’s most populous country, and ensures a strong presence in order to challenge suspected perpetrators of human rights abuses more effectively – including armed groups like Boko Haram, multinational corporations and the Nigerian authorities.

Date:
26 April 2017
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  • Death Penalty

Nigeria: Gallows preparation in Lagos prison suggests spate of executions imminent

The Nigerian authorities must immediately scrap plans to execute death row inmates in Kirikiri prison in Lagos, Amnesty International said today amid macabre reports from inmates that the prison’s gallows were being prepared and one inmate had been isolated possibly in preparation for execution. This follows a statement by the Attorney General of Lagos State during a press briefing on 18 April indicating that the state government would soon start signing execution documents.

Date:
21 April 2017
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Nigeria: Chibok anniversary a chilling reminder of Boko Haram’s ongoing scourge of abductions

Nigerian authorities must ramp up efforts to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and thousands of others abducted across the northeast by Boko Haram, said Amnesty International on the third anniversary of the armed group’s chilling abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls. “Boko Haram continues to abduct women, girls and young men who are often then subjected to horrific abuses, including rape, beatings and being forced into suicide bombing missions.

Date:
13 April 2017