Richard Ginika Izuora
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Monday, November 9, called on the Federal Government to stop the harassment and intimidation of Amnesty International Office in Nigeria and its staff.
This was contained in a statement issued by the SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare.
Oludare said, “We condemn purported ‘ultimatum’ and threats of violence against Amnesty International in Nigeria; by apparently pro-government groups and also call on Nigerian authorities to act swiftly to end the harassment and intimidation against the group; and also ensure the safety and security of its staff.”
SERAP called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “speak out strongly against intimidation and harassment of Amnesty International Office in Nigeria and its staff.
“We will hold authorities to account including through international legal action; if they fail to rein in these groups and stop increasing and apparently sponsored attacks; intimidation; harassment; and threats against Amnesty International Office in Nigeria and its staff.
“Any failure to hold to account those who may be responsible for the threats will invariably increase the vulnerability of civil society in the country; and also strengthen the perception that threats against NGOs and human rights workers can happen with impunity.”
SERAP likewise called for an investigation to uncover those behind the harassment of AI and its staff.
It said, “Naming and shaming the sponsors; and bringing them to justice will send a powerful message of protection and support to civil society groups who stand up to speak truth to power.”