Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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    Protesters storm Amnesty office, ask group to vacate Nigeria

Protesters storm Amnesty office, ask group to vacate Nigeria

Protesters have stormed the Abuja office of the Amnesty International (AI), an international human rights organisation, and demanded its immediate exit from Nigeria. The protesters arrived at the office located at Maitama, at about 2pm on Friday, with various placards accusing the organisation of "attempting to destabilise Nigeria." They also accused AI of being sponsored by the opposition, claiming that the [...]

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    Amnesty accuses FG of depriving IMN members of their rights

Amnesty accuses FG of depriving IMN members of their rights

Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, has accused the federal government of "increasingly depriving" members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) of their rights to freedom of association. The IMN is led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been in detention since 2015. The federal government had officially proscribed the activities of the group after a federal high court declared it a [...]

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    Amnesty asks FG to probe killings during Shi’ites protest

Amnesty asks FG to probe killings during Shi’ites protest

Amnesty International says the shootings of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shi'ites, by the police must be investigated. On Monday, IMN members protested the continued detention of Ibrahim Zakzaky, their leader. During the protest, the group clashed with the security agents, leading to the reported killing of 17 IMN members. Reacting to the incident , Seun [...]

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    Amnesty asks Sudanese army to hand Al-Bashir over to ICC

Amnesty asks Sudanese army to hand Al-Bashir over to ICC

Amnesty International has asked the Sudanese military to hand ousted President Omar Al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court. Al-Bashir was ousted by the sudanese military earlier on Thursday. In a state wide broadcast, Awad Ibnouf, Sudanese defence minister and army general, said the military will be in charge of the country for two years and conduct elections afterwards. Amnesty International said since [...]

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    Amnesty demands release of gender activist arrested in Kaduna

Amnesty demands release of gender activist arrested in Kaduna

Amnesty International (AI) has called on the Nigeria police force to urgently release Maryam Awaisu, a gender activist arrested on Tuesday. Awaisu, one of the leaders of the #ArewaMeToo movement was reportedly picked up by operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in Kaduna state. The movement which began recently is seeking justice for victims of sexual violence in Nigeria. Osai Ojigho, AI [...]

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    Election-related violence is deeply troubling, says Amnesty

Election-related violence is deeply troubling, says Amnesty

Amnesty International (AI) says Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful association before, during and after the elections. In a statement on Wednesday, Osai Ojigho, director, AI Nigeria, said there have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months. Ojigbo called on the government to address [...]

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    Amnesty: Boko Haram killed 60 after soldiers abandoned Rann

Amnesty: Boko Haram killed 60 after soldiers abandoned Rann

Amnesty International says at least 60 persons were killed in the recent Boko attack in Rann, a border town in Borno state. In a statement on Friday, the organisation said it gathered from satellite images that "hundreds of structures" were burnt down during the attack which occurred in January. Many internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled to Cameroon during the attack. Amnesty quoted witnesses as saying [...]

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    Amnesty launches press freedom campaign, says Nigeria becoming harder for journalists

Amnesty launches press freedom campaign, says Nigeria becoming harder for journalists

Amnesty International (AI) has launched a campaign "to ensure the freedom of expression in the country". While launching the campaign in Abuja on Thursday, AI also called on the federal government and other state actors to give journalists the freedom to carry out their duties. Osai Ojigho, Amnesty director in Nigeria, said the campaign was necessitated by the incessant clamp down on [...]

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    Amnesty got some of its facts wrong, says Garba Shehu on farmers-herders clashes

Amnesty got some of its facts wrong, says Garba Shehu on farmers-herders clashes

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media, says the Buhari administration has reduced the clashes between farmers and herders. Shehu said this in statement while reacting to "Harvest of Death: Three years of bloody clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria", a recent report by Amnesty International. The organisation said a total of 3,641 Nigerians have been killed [...]

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    Amnesty: Policemen demanded N150k for logistics when called over herdsmen attacks in Nasarawa

Amnesty: Policemen demanded N150k for logistics when called over herdsmen attacks in Nasarawa

Some residents of Nasarawa state have told Amnesty International (AI) that policemen sent to their communities to stop attacks by suspected herdsmen asked them to pay N150,000. The residents made the allegations in a report released by AI on the conflict between farmers and herdsmen in the country. In the report released Monday, the villagers were quoted as saying the policemen who were [...]

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    Garba Shehu accuses Amnesty of damaging morale of the military

Garba Shehu accuses Amnesty of damaging morale of the military

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, has accused Amnesty International (AI) of damaging the morale of the Nigerian military with its "bias" report on the farmers-herders conflict. On Monday, the international watchdog released a report on the incessant attacks involving herdsmen and farmers in the country, saying close to 4,000 lives have been lost in the attack since 2016. It also accused government and [...]

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    Army rejects report on farmers-herders conflict, threatens to seal offices of Amnesty International

Army rejects report on farmers-herders conflict, threatens to seal offices of Amnesty International

The Nigerian army has denied a new report on killings resulting from farmers-herders conflict released by Amnesty International (AI). The army said the report is a "fabrication of fictitious allegations of alleged human rights abuses", accusing the organisation of "working hard to destabilise Nigeria". It said AI's goals are "to destabilise Nigeria and to dismember it" and that it would have no option [...]

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    Amnesty: Farmers-herders conflict led to loss of 3,641 lives due to FG’s incompetence

Amnesty: Farmers-herders conflict led to loss of 3,641 lives due to FG’s incompetence

Amnesty International says a total of 3,641 Nigerians have been killed in conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the country since January 2016. The international human rights watchdog blamed this on "gross incompetence" on the part of the authorities and failure of security agencies to respond to warning signals. In 2018 alone, over 1,000 people have reportedly been killed in attacks between herdsmen [...]

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    Inside Ogoni village where oil spill wipes off ’10 persons every week’

Inside Ogoni village where oil spill wipes off ’10 persons every week’

Eight months after she lost her daughter to oil spill, Annkio Kie (not real name) is still struggling to fight off pain and sorrow. Mary was sick for three years, after what started as mere rashes turned out to be a severe skin disease. “We couldn’t send her to the hospital because there was no money,” Kie says, staring at the [...]

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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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