Monday, August 01, 2005

Human rights abuses in Nigeria

Watching local breakfast tv, two oyinbos from Human Rights Watch were being interviewed about their damning report of Human Rights Abuses by Nigerian Police. You can download the report here.

It contains evidence for instance that around forty people were executed in Kano State Police HQ in the space of just under 2 years. This is just one random example among many. I heard on the tv last week that around 5 people per day are killed by the police around the country. Just as the West has cautioned dealings with China and Turkey over human rights abuses, it now looks like this kind of discourse will now start to apply to Nigeria. One would have hoped that the so-called debt relief would have such conditions written in.


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