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Organisation to approach ICC on Biafra violations

16 November 2015, 08:44Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has hinted at approaching the International Criminal Court amid fears of the armed forces violating the rights of pro-Biafra protesters.

The organisation said it was constrained by the circumstances of the emerging threats by the Nigerian military authority to use firearms to quell the protests.

It urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the military high command to order to withdraw the threats and to desist from using violence to stop citizens from protesting.

The protests, said HURIWA, were a fundamental human right to freedom of peaceful assembly and free speech.

"By this appeal we are also sounding a note of warning to the Nigerian military," HURIWA stated.

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"We are building up evidence of war crime for transmission to the International Criminal Court in The Hague Netherlands for prosecution over crimes against humanity should peaceful pro Biafra agitators be shot at by military and or police operatives."

HURIWA said the military involvement in internal security operations (ISOP) was inevitable as the need for higher level of aggression continually revealed itself.

However, HURIWA said constitutionally, the armed forces had no right to deploy the use of firearms to disperse maim, or kill unarmed and non-violent demonstrators.

"The recent occurrence of terrorism witnessed in the country has further justified the need for military participation in ISOPs but nothing in the law books criminalises peaceful protests," said HURIWA.

The sentiments come in the wake of protests advocating for the independence of Biafra.

- CAJ News

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