U.S. Urges Implementation of #EndSARS Reports and Human Rights Protection in Nigeria

U.S. Urges Implementation of #EndSARS Reports and Human Rights Protection in Nigeria

The United States has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to take concrete steps in implementing the reports from various #EndSARS panels.

These panels were established to investigate human rights abuses committed by security agencies during the #EndSARS protests in 2020.

Additionally, the U.S. has urged Nigeria to cease arbitrary arrests of LGBTQ individuals.

United Nations Human Rights Council Address:

This call was made during the United Nations Human Rights Council 4th cycle Universal Periodic Review of Nigeria in Geneva, Switzerland.

While addressing concerns related to human rights in Nigeria, a representative of the U.S. government highlighted specific recommendations for the Nigerian government.

These recommendations include implementing the #EndSARS reports, amending the Nigerian Press Council Act to remove restrictions on freedom of expression, and reviewing the standard operating procedure of the armed forces to safeguard human rights.

Key Recommendations:

The U.S. representative expressed concern over restrictions on the enjoyment of human rights by Nigerians and emphasized the need for constructive engagement.

The recommendations stressed the implementation of state-level investigation panel reports on security forces’ response to the #EndSARS protests, including appropriate prosecution of individuals implicated.

Furthermore, the U.S. urged Nigeria to amend the Nigerian Press Act to eliminate restrictions on freedom of expression, especially concerning online and citizen journalists.

The call also emphasized ending arbitrary arrests and prosecutions of LGBTQ individuals and amending the armed forces’ standard operating procedure to ensure the protection of human rights for all Nigerians.

Government’s Response:

In response to these recommendations, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, acknowledged the interest of the UN Human Rights Council in Nigeria’s affairs and the suggestions put forth.

He reiterated the stance on the credibility of elections in Nigeria, asserting that election processes, including nominations, continue until the Supreme Court makes a pronouncement.

The Attorney General emphasized that recent pronouncements by the Supreme Court confirmed the conformity of elections with the laws governing electoral conduct in Nigeria.

Conclusion:

The call by the United States at the UN Human Rights Council reflects international scrutiny of human rights issues in Nigeria, particularly regarding the #EndSARS protests and the treatment of LGBTQ individuals.

The Nigerian government’s response suggests a commitment to upholding the legality and credibility of electoral processes within the country.

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