Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations over violent assaults on activists, Deji Adeyanju and different protesters in Abuja.
SERAP wrote to the UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Clement Voule, expressing considerations urging him to “publicly express concerns about the growing human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria and call on the authorities to end violent attacks on peaceful protesters.
In the petition dated 24 December 2019 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP alleged that, “Nigerian authorities and police on Monday morning in Abuja failed to stop attacks on peaceful demonstrators by young men apparently armed with sticks and sharp objects. The police officers who were present did not intervene decisively to stop the attacks or arrest any attackers.”
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The group stated: “The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and international law to protect the safety and rights of protesters and create an environment conducive to a diverse and pluralistic expression of ideas and dissent from government policy.
“The wave of protests against repression by both the Federal and State authorities illustrates a broken social contract between the authorities and Nigerians. The authorities have been failing to meet the demands of Nigerians to respect human rights, end restrictions on civic space, obey court orders and ensure the rule of law.
“Deji Adeyanju, one of the protesters, was hospitalised after sustaining bruises on his left arm. Protesters were reportedly chased from the Secretariat of the National Human Rights Commission where they had gathered to deliver a petition to the commission.”
The petition copied to Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, learn partially: “The failure to hold to account those responsible have continued to increase the vulnerability of protesters and activists in the country.”
Read the petition beneath:
24 December 2019
Mr. Clement Nyaletsossi Voule,
Special Rapporteur on the proper to peaceable meeting and affiliation
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Email: [email protected]
Re: Urgent enchantment to request the Nigerian authorities to finish violent assaults on peaceable protesters in Abuja, Nigeria
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is sending you this pressing enchantment to publicly specific considerations in regards to the rising human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria and to name on the Nigerian authorities to finish violent assaults on peaceable protesters and to take pressing measures to respect and shield the rights of all Nigerians to protest anyplace within the nation.
We urge you to name on the Nigerian authorities to handle the foundation causes of protests and finish persistent disobedience of court docket orders and impunity of perpetrators within the nation.
SERAP is a non-profit, nonpartisan, authorized and advocacy group dedicated to selling transparency, accountability and respect for socio-economic rights in Nigeria. SERAP obtained the Wole Soyinka Anti-Corruption Defender Award in 2014, and was nominated for each the UN Civil Society Award and Ford Foundation’s Jubilee Transparency Award. SERAP serves as one in all two Sub-Saharan African civil society representatives on the governing Committee of the UNCAC Coalition, a worldwide anti-corruption community of over 380 civil society organizations (CSOs) in over 100 international locations.
Nigerian authorities and police yesterday morning in Abuja didn’t cease assaults on demonstrators by younger males apparently armed with sticks and sharp objects. According to our data, the law enforcement officials who had been current didn’t intervene decisively to cease the assault or arrest any attackers.
Deji Adeyanju, one of many protesters, was hospitalised after sustaining bruises on his left arm. Protesters had been reportedly chased from the Secretariat of the National Human Rights Commission the place that they had gathered to ship a petition to the fee. The assaults are approaching the heels of comparable violent assaults on protesters demanding the discharge of prisoners of conscience in Abuja in November, and one other apparently sponsored and coordinated assaults in opposition to Amnesty International’s workplace in Abuja in March 2017, following the launch of its human rights report on the army.
The demonstrations have taken place in opposition to a backdrop of the failure by the Nigerian authorities to respect human rights, launch prisoners of conscience together with Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo, obey court docket orders and respect the rule of regulation.
The authorities of President Muhammadu Buhari is accountable beneath the Nigerian Constitution and worldwide regulation to guard the security and rights of peaceable protesters and create an setting conducive to a various and pluralistic expression of concepts and dissent from authorities coverage.
Freedom of peaceable meeting is a basic proper assured beneath the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and regional and worldwide human rights treaties together with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state social gathering.
SERAP is critically involved that the Nigerian authorities have up to now failed and/or uncared for to handle or redress the assaults on peaceable protesters, regardless of rising calls on the authorities to research the assaults and produce perpetrators to justice. The failure to carry to account these accountable has continued to extend the vulnerability of protesters and activists within the nation.
The wave of protests in opposition to repression by each the Federal and State authorities illustrates a damaged social contract between the authorities and Nigerians. The authorities have been failing to satisfy the calls for of Nigerians to respect human rights finish restrictions on civic house, obey court docket orders and make sure the rule of regulation.
We due to this fact urge you to place stress on the Nigerian authorities to take all possible measures to guard peaceable protesters demanding the discharge of all prisoners of conscience, and full respect for the rule of regulation.
We urge you to place stress on the Nigerian authorities to right away and completely examine the assaults, establish the perpetrators and make sure the prosecution of anybody discovered to be accountable for the violent assaults.
We urge you to place stress on the Nigerian authorities to clarify that they won’t tolerate violent assaults on protesters. The authorities have a duty each to respect the proper to freedom of peaceable meeting and to guard protesters from violent assault.
We could be pleased to offer additional data or to debate any of those human rights points in additional element with you.
Please settle for the expression of our highest consideration.
CC: Ms Michelle Bachelet
High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Email: [email protected]