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Nigeria: Human Rights

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 24 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights record of the government of Nigeria. (318204)

The UK is committed to supporting the Government of Nigeria in addressing the human rights challenges it faces. We welcome Acting President Jonathan’s commitment of 9 February 2010 to ensuring the safety and security of Nigerians’ lives and property while respecting human rights.

We have recently raised our concerns with the appropriate state and federal authorities about issues such as the rights of children in Akwa Ibom state, the handling of unrest by the Nigerian security services in Maiduguri in 2009 and Jos in 2010, as well as allegations of extra- judicial killings by the Nigerian police force in Enugu state, as identified in Amnesty International’s report of 9 December 2009. These issues have been covered particularly in discussions with the Inspector General of the Nigerian police force and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Our high commission in Abuja and the Department for International Development (DFID) will continue to raise UK concerns at the highest level, and to encourage reform and accountability in Nigeria’s police force, for example through DFID’s Justice for All programme.