- The Human Rights Writers Association has asked Nigerian Army to stop attacking, harassing and intimidating the Amnesty International
- The association chairman, Emmanuel Onwubiko, made this known on Wednesday, December 19, in Abuja
- Onwubiko said many people that work with amnesty in Nigeria are all citizens of the country and they are very credible
The Human Rights Writers Association has warned the Nigerian Army to eschew any confrontation with the Amnesty International (AI), appealing to its personnel to exercise patience with the organisation rather than asking it to close its office.
Daily Sun reports that HURIWA chairman, Emmanuel Onwubiko, who made the appeal, on Wednesday, December 19, in Abuja, also asked Amnesty International to tread carefully in order not to plunge the country into chaos.
According to Onwubiko, “We appeal to the military to exercise a little patience with civil society organisations like Amnesty International, because they are very credible.
“It is not the kind of organisation that will want to pull off the roof on our heads. So, many people that work with Amnesty International in Nigeria are all citizens of the country and they are very credible. Their method of recruitment is very transparent.
“However, we want to appeal to them to also exercise the highest level of restraint. Nobody is stopping them from documenting their observations if there are human rights violations.”
Onwubiko also condemned the alleged move by the government to release Boko Haram suspects, adding that could instigate others to toe the path of committing crimes without qualms.
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He added: “We absolutely condemn the Nigerian government decision to release Boko Haram suspects caught while the war was going on.
“You don’t catch people who have committed atrocities and think you are going to rehabilitate them when atrocities committed against humanity have not been probed. They should atone for their crimes to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a senior lawyer, Femi Falana, told the Nigerian Army to stop attacking, harassing and intimidating the Amnesty International (AI) and instead focus on addressing the many allegations of serious human rights violations and abuses against its men.
Falana said in a statement that the allegations against the Nigerian Army were too serious to downplay.
He said: “The Nigerian military has also been indicted by the EFCC, presidential panel on procurement of Arms and Ammunition, judicial commissions of enquiry and the International Criminal Court on gross human rights abuse and war crimes which are similar to the allegations documented by AI.''
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