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Rights body hails Zamfara lead poisoning exposé

29 December 2014, 13:26Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Human Rights Watch (HRW), the international rights body, mentioned the exposé on lead poisoning of local children among its breakthroughs in exposing violations in recent times.

Kenneth Roth, HRW Executive Director, said human rights abusers counted on ignorance and the world turning a blind eye but his organisation would not ignore such violations.

“Our researchers produce cutting edge reports that are trusted around the world. We have investigated and exposed abuses across the globe, from a secret network of torture centers in Syria to the fatal lead poisoning of hundreds of children in Nigeria,” said Roth.

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He said backed by its compelling research, the organisation had led groundbreaking global campaigns.

“We have influenced governments, and helped build the case against war criminals in the International Criminal Court. We shared the Nobel Peace Prize for our work on the Mine Ban Treaty.”

HRW reported that since 2010, acute lead poisoning in the Zamfara State had killed more than 400 children with 3 500 left requiring urgent medical treatment.

– CAJ News

- CAJ News

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