Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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    Biafra killings: Amnesty asks Obiano to ensure justice is served

Biafra killings: Amnesty asks Obiano to ensure justice is served

Amnesty International (AI) has asked Willie Obiano, Anambra state governor, to ensure the perpetrators of the alleged killing of pro-Biafra protesters in 2016 are brought to book.AI made this known in a statement issued by Isa Sanusi, its media manager.The group had accused the military of "extrajudicially executing" 150 members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who took to the [...]

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    Human rights violation should be accounted for, says Amnesty on panel set up by Osinbajo

Human rights violation should be accounted for, says Amnesty on panel set up by Osinbajo

Amnesty International (AI) says human rights violation should not be unaccounted for.Reacting to the judicial panel set up to investigate alleged human rights violations by the military, Osai Ojigho, director, AI Nigeria, said the commission must be independent and impartial.On Friday, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo set up a commission to investigate the allegations levelled against the military by Amnesty International.Isa Sanusi, spokesman [...]

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    Amnesty accuses Cameroon of torturing Boko Haram suspects

Amnesty accuses Cameroon of torturing Boko Haram suspects

Amnesty International on Thursday accused Cameroonian forces of torturing suspects in their campaign against the Boko Haram sect.Amnesty’s report documented 101 cases of arbitrary arrest and torture by Cameroonian troops charged with fighting the insurgents between 2013 and 2017.The human rights watchdog, said that much of the torture happening at a base that has also been used by American and [...]

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    Shell complicit in execution of Saro-Wiwa, says Amnesty

Shell complicit in execution of Saro-Wiwa, says Amnesty

Amnesty International says Shell, oil giant, is complicit in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, human rights activist, and eight other men by the Abacha military government in November 1995.The organisation said the allegation against Shell followed the launch of “an explosive new case against the company in the Netherlands over four of the executions”.It said the [...]

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    Army panel clears soldiers of ‘extrajudicial killing’ of IPOB, Boko Haram members

Army panel clears soldiers of ‘extrajudicial killing’ of IPOB, Boko Haram members

A special board set up by the Nigerian army says its troops are not guilty of accusations of extrajudicial killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Boko Haram insurgent group.The army on Wednesday made public the findings of the board it had set up to investigate alleged human rights abuse levelled against its personnel by Amnesty [...]

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    Amnesty: Latest Boko Haram attack – the most vicious this year

Amnesty: Latest Boko Haram attack – the most vicious this year

Amnesty International has described Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri on Wednesday has the most vicious this year.The organisation was reacting to reports of coordinated attacks by Boko Haram that killed at least 17 people and injured 34 more on Wednesday night.It asked Nigerian authorities to double their effort to protect citizens.It also asked the government to bring the actual perpetrators [...]

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    Biafra: Security forces must not repeat bloodbath of 2016, warns Amnesty

Biafra: Security forces must not repeat bloodbath of 2016, warns Amnesty

Amnesty International has asked Nigerian security forces to exercise restraint when policing demonstrations marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the Biafra War.It also asked them to avoid a repetition of the bloodbath caused by their "heavy-handed" response last year when more than 60 people were gunned down.The human rights watchdog said this in a statement issued on Tuesday.“Last [...]

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    Amnesty: Lagos celebrating 50th anniversary after rendering thousands homeless

Amnesty: Lagos celebrating 50th anniversary after rendering thousands homeless

Amnesty International says the 50th anniversary of Lagos state is coming at a time when thousands of residents have been rendered homeless as a result of forced evictions.In a statement on Wednesday, the human rights body asked Lagos state government to compensate victims of evictions.The group said those who have been sent out of their homes were in need of alternative accommodation, [...]

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    Amnesty: 271 protesters killed in West and Central Africa since 2014

Amnesty: 271 protesters killed in West and Central Africa since 2014

Over 271 protesters have been killed in West and Central Africa since 2014, Amnesty International says.The organisation disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.In November 2016, it alleged that about 150 pro-Biafra protesters were killed by the Nigeria military in the south-east.It said human rights defenders, journalists and protesters in West and Central Africa were facing ever-higher levels of [...]

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    Amnesty demands respect for privacy of freed Chibok girls

Amnesty demands respect for privacy of freed Chibok girls

Amnesty International has urged the federal government to respect the privacy of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls released on Saturday.Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped the girls on April 14, 2014.They were reportedly released on Saturday and taken to Banki, a town in Borno.Osai Ojigho, country director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, described the release of the girls as “a big relief.”Ojigho also called [...]

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    Amnesty worried over harassment of journalists in Nigeria

Amnesty worried over harassment of journalists in Nigeria

Amnesty International has called on Nigeria authorities to end the harassment and intimidation of journalists.In a statement issued on Wednesday to mark World Press Freedom Day, the organisation said the escalating spate of arrests of journalists and intimidation of bloggers as well as the violent crushing of peaceful protests across Nigeria showed the authorities’ determination to suppress the right to [...]

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    AI names Ojigho, human rights lawyer, as its director in Nigeria

AI names Ojigho, human rights lawyer, as its director in Nigeria

Osai Ojigho, a human rights lawyer, has been named the director of Amnesty International (AI) in Nigeria.Colm Cuanachain, senior director of the office of the organisation's secretary general, disclosed this on Wednesday.Isa Sanusi, media manager of the human rights body in Nigeria,quoted Cuanachain as saying Ojigho’s appointment underscores AI’s commitment to Nigeria.“It will also ensure a strong presence in order [...]

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    Amnesty International: Boko Haram still abducting more women, girls

Amnesty International: Boko Haram still abducting more women, girls

Amnesty International says more work needs to be done to prevent more abductions by Boko Haram insurgents.In a statement on Friday, Makmid Kamara, interim country director of Amnesty International, said it was sad that many abductions go unnoticed.While showing solidarity with #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement on the third anniversary of Chibok abductions, Kamara appealed to the federal government to ensure that [...]

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    A system that cannot guarantee justice should not take lives, says Amnesty International

A system that cannot guarantee justice should not take lives, says Amnesty International

Amnesty International, a human rights group, has called for the total abolition of death penalty in any form.In the group’s global report on death sentences and executions in 2016, the body faulted the efficacy of Nigeria’s judicial system, saying a system that cannot guarantee justice should not take a life.According to the report, Nigeria handed down 527 death sentences, ranking [...]

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    Amnesty: China executed more people than all other countries in 2016

Amnesty: China executed more people than all other countries in 2016

The Chinese government is the world’s leading executioner, according to Amnesty International’s 2016 global review of the death penalty.China outranks Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan and Vietnam, while putting to death more people annually than all other countries combined.At least 1,032 people were executed in 23 countries in 2016. In 2015 Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25 countries worldwide [...]

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    43 killed as explosions rock two Egyptian churches (updated)

43 killed as explosions rock two Egyptian churches (updated)

It was a bloody Palm Sunday for Egypt’s Coptic Christians as 43 of them were bombed to death in two churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria.About 50 people were reportedly injured, state television said on Sunday.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.The first explosive was planted under a seat at St. George (Mar Girgis) Coptic church, where [...]

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