UK demands action on alleged violations by security forces
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS -THE United Kingdom demanded that Nigeria prosecuted security forces if it is established they were guilty of human rights violations during anti-terror exercises.
“We have encouraged Nigeria to respond constructively to reports of human rights abuse, such as the Channel 4 Dispatches programme of 18 August, and the Amnesty International reports of 5 August and 18 September, and to launch investigations where needed,” the UK stated in a country case study update made available to this publication.
“We have made clear to the Nigerian government that if the security forces are found to have been involved in human rights abuses, those responsible should be brought to justice.”
The UK nonetheless said the Nigerian government had both a right and responsibility to defend its people from terrorism but its response must respect human rights.
“We are therefore concerned by continued reports of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial executions and other serious human rights violations, conducted by members of the Nigerian security forces.”
– CAJ News
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