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ICC Probe Of Nigerian Military Long Overdue – Amnesty International

Amnesty International has welcomed the deliberate probe of the Nigerian army by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In an announcement issued on Friday by the Media Manager, Amnesty International Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, AI stated the investigations into the atrocities carried out by the safety forces was lengthy overdue.

“The International Criminal Court (ICC) must immediately open a full investigation into atrocities committed during the conflict in Northeast Nigeria, Amnesty International said today, as a milestone decision brought its longstanding call for justice for victims’ one step closer,” the assertion partly learn.

“After years of calling on the ICC Prosecutor to open a full investigation, this is the first meaningful step towards justice that we have seen for victims of atrocious crimes committed by all parties to the conflict in Northeast Nigeria,” stated Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Director of Research and Advocacy.

“This is an important milestone, but it must be followed with immediate action to open a full investigation. For the victims of war crimes and potential crimes against humanity to see justice, it’s crucial that the Prosecutor swiftly begin an effective and well-resourced investigation.”

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

11 December 2020

ICC: Milestone determination paves the way in which for full investigation into atrocities in Nigeria

The International Criminal Court (ICC) should instantly open a full investigation into atrocities dedicated in the course of the battle in Northeast Nigeria, Amnesty International stated in the present day, as a milestone determination introduced its longstanding name for justice for victims one step nearer.

The ICC Office of the Prosecutor introduced in the present day that it was concluding a decade-long preliminary investigation into crimes towards humanity and struggle crimes allegedly dedicated by Boko Haram and Nigerian safety forces. This lastly paves the way in which for a full-blown investigation to start.

“After years of calling on the ICC Prosecutor to open a full investigation, this is the first meaningful step towards justice that we have seen for victims of atrocious crimes committed by all parties to the conflict in Northeast Nigeria,” stated Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Director of Research and Advocacy.

“This is an important milestone, but it must be followed with immediate action to open a full investigation. For the victims of war crimes and potential crimes against humanity to see justice, it’s crucial that the Prosecutor swiftly begin an effective and well-resourced investigation.”

Long overdue

The ICC’s preliminary examination, began in 2010, concludes that each Boko Haram and the Nigerian army have dedicated crimes towards humanity and struggle crimes, and that the Nigerian authorities has failed in its obligations to carry these accountable to account, echoing the findings of quite a few Amnesty International studies over time. With no real home investigations, the Prosecutor can solely conclude {that a} full ICC investigation is required.

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“Victims have already waited a decade for justice. The  Office of the Prosecutor must now move swiftly to seek the judicial authority needed to initiate the full investigation; further delays will only serve to frustrate victims and run the risk of evidence and witness testimony being lost forever,” stated Netsanet Belay.

The investigation should be totally resourced

The Office of the Prosecutor faces severe useful resource constraints to investigating and prosecuting new conditions and instances, however this should not be used as an excuse to additional delay justice. States events to the ICC should make sure the Office of the Prosecutor has the assets wanted to conduct its investigations.

Nigerian authorities nonetheless have an obligation to conduct real investigations into allegations of struggle crimes and crimes towards humanity, together with by its personal army. But thus far they’ve carried out every thing of their energy to keep away from unbiased and efficient investigations.

Amnesty International is asking on ICC states events to make sure any investigation in Nigeria is satisfactorily resourced.

Background

The ICC Office of the Prosecutor introduced a preliminary examination into the scenario in Nigeria on 18 November 2010. Today (11 December 2020), the Office of the Prosecutor introduced that it had determined to shut the preliminary examination, on the idea that there’s adequate cause to conclude that each Boko Haram and the Nigerian army have dedicated crimes towards humanity and struggle crimes and that the Nigerian authorities has failed in its obligations to carry these accountable to account. The Prosecutor now must submit a request to ICC judges who will resolve whether or not or not the Prosecutor could proceed with the opening of a proper investigation.

The preliminary examination focussed on alleged crimes beneath worldwide legislation dedicated within the Niger Delta, the Middle-Belt States, and within the context of armed battle between Boko Haram and Nigerian safety forces, together with the crimes towards humanity of homicide and persecution, and a number of struggle crimes. In latest years, the preliminary examination additionally focussed on the existence and genuineness of nationwide proceedings in relation to those crimes.

For virtually a decade, Amnesty International has repeatedly documented crimes beneath worldwide legislation and different severe violations of worldwide human rights and humanitarian legislation in Northeast Nigeria.

In 2018, the Amnesty International report Willingly Unable demonstrated that Nigerian authorities aren’t taking any real step in the direction of investigating and prosecuting crimes by Boko Haram or the Nigerian safety forces and referred to as the ICC Prosecutor to request the opening of a full investigation.

The ongoing armed battle within the Northeast continues to have a dire affect on civilians, as documented in latest Amnesty International studies on the atrocities and violations suffered by kids and older folks. Both studies straight referred to as on the ICC to maneuver from a preliminary examination to a full investigation.

Outside the context of the battle, Amnesty International has additionally uncovered how Nigeria’s army dedicated large-scale illegal killings and tried to hide and destroy proof in a conflict between troopers and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna state in December 2016.

Isa Sanusi

Media Manager, Amnesty International Nigeria

34 Colorado Close, Off Alvan Ikoku Way, Off Thames Street

Maitama, Abuja-FCT, Nigeria.

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