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Rights Violations: FG protecting military officials, Boko Haram terrorists— Amnesty International

•Urges ICC to probe Nigerian gov't failure to sanction perpetrators  Sam Ogun The Amnesty International (AI) has accused Nigeria's Federal Government of shielding the military top brass and commanders as well as Boko Haram terrorists engaged in rights violations from prosecution.   To this end, AI in a statement on Monday to make the

Metele Attack: SERAP seeks probe of military spending

Godsgift Onyedinefu    The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to urgently set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the spending of defence and military budgets between 1999 and 2018 to promote transparency and accountability in the sector.   SERAP said the

Friday Olokor: An enigmatic journalist @ 50

Paul Obi 'He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a Lion. He hath indeed, better bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.' - William Shakespeare in Much Ado About Nothing.   The golden age of 50

Zaki-Ibiam, Odi: Group urges UN, ICC to Probe Obasanjo, Danjuma

The Good Governance Advocacy Project, a civil society organization, has called on the United Nations and International Criminal Court to investigate, prosecute and convict former President Olusegun Obasanjo and erstwhile Minister of Defence TY Danjuma, for their alleged involvement in war crimes and other offenses against humanity that took place

A Question from a Non-Shiite Nigerian

By Ibrahim Sheme Anybody saying the Shiites could be made to become “hardened” through the ongoing strong-arm security response to their demonstration in Abuja does not appear to know them properly. Theologically they do not harbour “hardening elements” in the mould of, say, the Boko Haram as some analysts think. For

ICC is illegitimate, already dead to us – U.S

Threatens to Arrest ICC Judges Over War Crimes Probe   United States long-running reluctant relationship with the International Criminal Court ICC came to a crashing halt on Monday as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spilled into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates

Bloodshed: FG should ban activities of IMN nationwide –  Human rights group 

•Threatens to drag AGF before ICC, UN Jude Johnson A human interest organisation, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC), has expressed concern over the failure of the Federal Government to designate the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) (popularly known as Shiites) as a terrorist organization. The group was particularly worried that the government failed to

DRC bans opposition leader, Bemba from running for president

Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) has banned  Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former vice-president from running in the presidential election latee in the year by the electoral commission. Bemba was considered one of the top opposition contenders since returning to the country in August after he was acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal

The ICC’s problem is not simple racism, it is Eurocentricism

By Awol K Allo European imperial values laid the foundation of the ICC and have caused its many problems. During the signing ceremony of the Statute of the Court (the Rome Statute), the then-secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, described the court as a "gift of hope to future generations, and a giant step forward

ICC reaching out to war crimes victims in Palestine, a welcomed step

By Nada kiswanson The Court's surprising decision to establish outreach activities in Palestine is a welcomed step in the right direction. In May 2018, the Palestinian government submitted a referral to the ICC, calling on prosecutors to open an investigation into Israeli crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories [Reuters] In an extraordinary move,