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AI: Both sides committing war crimes in Nigeria conflict
March 31, 2014
Extremists and security forces are committing war crimes in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, resulting in at least 1,500 deaths this year alone, according to a report published Friday by Amnesty International (AI). This number equals the total death count recorded between 2010 and June 2013....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Nigeria to further human rights protections
March 15, 2014
In her first visit to Nigeria, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Friday praised the country for the significant development in protecting human rights, while urging further protection against conflict, poverty and corruption. Calling the issues of the country the "most daun....... [more]

Nigeria anti-gay law 'draconian': UN rights chief
January 15, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday criticized Nigeria's new law on the prohibition of same-sex marriage, calling the legislation a direct violation of basic, universal human rights. Earlier this month Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathon signed the Same Sex Marriage (Prohib....... [more]

Nigeria president signs anti-gay legislation
January 13, 2014
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law on Monday, prompting condemnation throughout the international community. The law bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings and carries a punishment of up to 14 ye....... [more]

HRW: Nigeria government ignored years of mass killings
December 13, 2013
Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on Thursday that exposes years of mass killings in the regions of Kaduna and Plateau in Nigeria and alleges the Nigerian government has ignored the consequences of severe ethnic and religious conflict. The report, entitled "Leave Everything to God," argues....... [more]

Arab League supports Saudi Arabia rejection of UN Security Council seat
October 20, 2013
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday declared support of Saudi Arabia's decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) after several Arab ambassadors criticized the decision earlier this week. The UN awarded Saudi Arabia a two-year position on the UNSC Thursday along with Chad, Ch....... [more]

AI: Nigeria must investigate detainee deaths
October 16, 2013
Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the Nigerian government to investigate the deaths of hundreds of people detained by the country's military Joint Task Force (JTF). Evidence gathered by AI reveals that more than 950 people have died in military custody this year, with most deaths occurring in f....... [more]

Nigeria rights group petitions ICC to investigate school attacks
October 7, 2013
The Nigerian Socio-Economic and Rights Accountability Project announced Sunday that it has filed a petition with the International Criminal Court (ICC) urging it to investigate school attacks resulting in the deaths of teachers and students in northeast Nigeria as crimes against humanity. The petiti....... [more]

Nigeria court orders extradition of al Qaeda suspect to US
August 28, 2013
A Nigerian court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a suspected member of al Qaeda, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, to the US on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and unlawful use of firearms. Babafemi, who did not contest his extradition, is thought....... [more]

ICC prosecutor: Boko Haram may be committing crimes against humanity
August 6, 2013
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has reason to believe that, based upon the findings of a preliminary investigation, crimes against humanity have been committed in Nigeria by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. In a report issued Monday, Chief Prosecutor Fa....... [more]

ICC urges Nigeria to arrest Sudan president for war crimes
July 17, 2013
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday urged Nigerian authorities to arrest and surrender Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in the Darfur conflict. Al-Bashir is currently in Nigeria participating in the Special Summit....... [more]




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