Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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    ‘She doesn’t need Amnesty’s award’ — Myanmar defends leader

‘She doesn’t need Amnesty’s award’ — Myanmar defends leader

Government officials and citizens of Myanmar have defended Aung San Suu Kyi, their leader, after Amnesty International revoked an award given to her in 2009.The human rights group revoked the Ambassador of Conscience, its highest award, which it gave Suu Kyi during her 15-year house arrest in 2009.The group said Suu Kyi has shown indifference to the atrocities committed by [...]

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    Why we used Trump’s ‘stone video’ to justify killing of Shi’ites

Why we used Trump’s ‘stone video’ to justify killing of Shi’ites

The Nigerian army has again justified its killing of some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi'ites, describing a stone as a weapon.While speaking with New York Times on Friday, John Agim, acting director of defence information, said the army used the video of US President Donald Trump as a response to Amnesty International's [...]

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    Amnesty: Security forces approached IMN processions not to restore public order — but to kill

Amnesty: Security forces approached IMN processions not to restore public order — but to kill

Amnesty International says security operatives approached members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) who protested in Abuja not to restore public order but to kill them.The IMN members better known as Shi'ites have been demanding the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader.El-Zakzaky has been in detention since 2015 when members of the movement clashed with soldiers in Zaria, [...]

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    Amnesty asks FG to release report of ‘human rights abuse’ by military

Amnesty asks FG to release report of ‘human rights abuse’ by military

Amnesty International says the delay of the federal government to make public a report by a presidential panel on the alleged excesses of the army is an affront on citizens who are victims.In June 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari set up the Presidential Investigative Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement in [...]

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    Amnesty accuses FG of silencing critics with ‘enforced disappearance’

Amnesty accuses FG of silencing critics with ‘enforced disappearance’

Amnesty International (AI) has asked the federal government to immediately release “thousands of people” who have been subjected to enforced disappearance in various parts of the country.The human rights watchdog said a lot of Nigerians are being held in secret detention facilities across the country without being tried before any court of law.It said this in a statement issued by [...]

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    Amnesty: Armed bandits have killed 371 in Zamfara since January

Amnesty: Armed bandits have killed 371 in Zamfara since January

Amnesty International (AI) says armed bandits have killed at least 371 persons in Zamfara state since January 2018.The organisation said more worrisome is that villagers claimed security agencies are in most cases informed about impending attacks with little or nothing done to prevent them.In recent years, Zamfara has been on the receiving end of attacks by armed bandits, but the [...]

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    Amnesty: 1,813 Nigerians killed since January — more than double the whole of 2017

Amnesty: 1,813 Nigerians killed since January — more than double the whole of 2017

Amnesty International (AI) says at least 1,813 people have been murdered in attacks across 17 states since January 2018, more than double of those killed in 2017.  The organisation said the federal government is not doing enough to address the killings, especially in the northern part of the country."Independently verified estimated figures indicate that since January 2018 at least 1813 people have [...]

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    Senate probes report accusing soldiers of rape

Senate probes report accusing soldiers of rape

The senate has set up an ad hoc committee to look into the allegations Amnesty International (AI) levelled against the army.The decision to look into the allegations was sequel to a motion sponsored by Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central.AI had accused soldiers and members of the civilian joint task force of abusing people, especially women, in internally displaced persons [...]

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    Borno IDPs: Soldiers raped us in camps but we were forced to deny it

Borno IDPs: Soldiers raped us in camps but we were forced to deny it

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the north-east say they are being suppressed from opening up on the alleged sexual abuse ongoing in their camps.They have also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to send an independent investigative panel to the camps regarding the issue.Amnesty International released a report alleging that soldiers and members of civilian joint task force (JTF) demanded sex [...]

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    JOHESU strike, Leah Sharibu, Amnesty report — issues Buhari didn’t address in Democracy Day speech

JOHESU strike, Leah Sharibu, Amnesty report — issues Buhari didn’t address in Democracy Day speech

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians in commemoration of the 2018 Democracy Day.The president talked about his administration’s achievements regarding the economy, fight against corruption and the war to end Boko Haram insurgency.But he made no mention of pertinent issues such as Leah Sharibu, who is still in Boko Haram custody, and the ongoing strike of health workers in [...]

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    Humanitarian crisis in north-east has become an industry, says Shehu Sani

Humanitarian crisis in north-east has become an industry, says Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says the humanitarian crisis in the north-east "has turned into an industry".He said the crisis in the region is now a source of money for government officials as well as local and international organisations.Shehu said this on Thursday while speaking at the launch of a new report by Amnesty International detailing how internally displaced [...]

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    Amnesty: Soldiers raping women in IDP camps… thousands starving to death

Amnesty: Soldiers raping women in IDP camps… thousands starving to death

Thousands of women and girls who survived Boko Haram violence in the north-east are being abused by the Nigerian security forces, according to Amnesty International (AI).In a report unveiled in Abuja on Thursday, the organisation said investigations showed how women, young girls and children were “raped and starved to death” by soldiers in various internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.The report [...]

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    Presidency questions credibility of Amnesty’s report on rape

Presidency questions credibility of Amnesty’s report on rape

The presidency says Amnesty International's report alleging human rights violation by Nigerian security agencies is inherently battling with credibility, falling vehemently short of evidential narration.Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, made this position known in a statement in Abuja.Amnesty will on Thursday release the report titled 'They Betrayed Us: Women who survived Boko Haram [...]

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    Seek justice for Zakzaky beyond Nigeria, Amnesty Int’l tells IMN

Seek justice for Zakzaky beyond Nigeria, Amnesty Int’l tells IMN

Amnesty International (AI) has advised the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to seek justice for  Ibrahim Zakzaky, its leader, and members held in detention by the Kaduna state government, outside the Nigerian judiciary.Osai Ojigho, AI country director, who spoke in an interview on The Osasu Show with Osasu Igbinedion, asked the group not to relent until it exhausts all options [...]

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    Amnesty kicks against plan of Onitsha NBA to give awards to ‘human rights violators’

Amnesty kicks against plan of Onitsha NBA to give awards to ‘human rights violators’

Amnesty International (AI) says the proposed recipients of the human rights award by the Onitsha, Anambra state, branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) are undeserving of the awards.In a statement on Monday, AI described the recipients as “human rights violators” whose actions it says “bring up memories of torture and other forms of cruel and unlawful treatment”.It added that [...]

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    Amnesty: Nigeria imposed the highest number of death sentences in sub-Saharan Africa

Amnesty: Nigeria imposed the highest number of death sentences in sub-Saharan Africa

Amnesty International has described death penalty as discriminatory, saying the country imposed the highest number of death sentences in sub-Saharan Africa.There are currently 2,285 Nigerians awaiting execution.Ossai Ojigho, country director of the organisation, said this on Thursday at the presentation of the 2018 Amnesty International death penalty report 2018 in Abuja.Ossai observed that despite Nigeria’s security challenges made evident through [...]

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