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Amnesty: Shell made false claims about impact of Nigeria oil spills
November 13, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) revealed court documents Thursday indicating Shell repeatedly underestimated the impact of two oil spills in Bodo, Nigeria. The documents were part of claims brought forth in a UK court by more than 15,000 people affected by oil pollution. In joint investigation reports, w....... [more]

Nigeria high court rules in favor of the Bring Back Our Girls protesters
October 31, 2014
A Nigerian federal court on Thursday ruled in favor of the Bring Back Our Girls group, saying that the police had no right to block protests in Nigeria. Earlier this year the Bring Back Our Girls activists began daily sit-ins at the Unity Fountain in the capital city Abuja to press their demands fo....... [more]

AI condemns Nigeria military and police for routine use of torture
September 19, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) condemned Nigeria's police and military in a report released Thursday for the systematic and routine use of torture on detainees. Although Nigeria's Constitution prohibits torture, the country currently has no legislation criminalizing the use of torture in violation of t....... [more]

UN: Responsibility to protect becoming increasingly urgent
September 8, 2014
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces a....... [more]

AI: video footage shows evidence of Nigerian war crimes
August 6, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) announced Monday that it has obtained video footage, images and testimonies showing evidence of "gruesome" war crimes committed by Nigerian Military personnel. The alleged atrocities are occurring in northeastern Nigeria and are the result of a protracted conflict between....... [more]

Anti-corruption group files charges against Nigeria president, attorney general
July 3, 2014
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court of Nigeria against Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Attorney General Muhammed Adoke and Muhammed Abacha, son of Nigeria's former de facto President Sani Abacha. SERAP alleges tha....... [more]

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]


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