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Special Report: Counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law in West Africa

•A strong criminal justice system offers countries better protection against terrorist attacks. •Download full report:  Read this Romi Sigsworth Editor's note:  International law and global policy place counter-terrorism firmly within a rule of law and human rights framework. By focusing on securitised responses to terrorism, countries in West Africa risk undermining the rule

DSS Boss pledges commitment to protect rights of citizens

•Honoured by inter'l elections observer group Godsgift Onyedinefu The Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, has stated that he is committed to the rights of citizens and will endeavour to strike a balance with state security. This is just as he pledged to maintain standards in line

US accuses Nigerian govt. of gross human rights violations

*Alleges use of state agents for unlawful killings The United States has accused the Nigerian government and it agents of committing gross human rights violations, especially  “arbitrary and unlawful killings.” This was contained in a recent report titled, “2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” available on the Department of State website. The report, which took a look at Nigeria’s

NHRC, CORAFID demands due justice for Elizabeth ochanya

Godsgift Onyedinefu  The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Benue Office and the Civil Organisations Research Advocacy and Funding Initiatives Development (CORAFID) have insisted that due justice must be served in the case of Elizabeth Ochanya who suffered five years of sexual abuse until her death. The 13 years old Ochanya died of

Rights Violations: ICC never accused Nigerian Army of war crimes–Official

•Acknowledges preliminary investigation on allegations  Senator Iroegbu  The Nigerian Army has debunked the reports alleging that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that Nigerian army is guilty of war crimes against humanity. According to the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, the allegation "is not true". Usman in a statement on

How Nigeria’s military committed war crimes against humanity — AI, ICC

calls for investigation Godsgift Onyedinefu The Amnesty International (AI) has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a formal investigation against Nigeria over serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law committed by both the terrorists group, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram and

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

Ajamu Baraka The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights are to have any incredibility, any “universal” applicability, any value, they must be seized from the barbaric grip of European and de-colonized.” “…recognition

UNN still respects federal character, human rights – Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, yesterday, reaffirmed the commitment of his administration in upholding  the federal character, and the fundamental human rights in all its endeavours. He said the institution is working assiduously to restore the dignity of man by giving everybody a level

Africa’s selective approach to human rights

The AU must allow for open debate on all human rights issues, including sexual orientation. Despite research and historical accounts detailing homosexual behaviour in certain pre-colonial and traditional African societies, the idea that homosexuality is ‘un-African’ persists. In Africa it is frequently perceived as both a taboo and an import from