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Nigeria: Military Aid

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 148699, tabled on 1 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy of providing military assistance to the Nigerian armed forces of the Amnesty International Report, They betrayed us, published on 24 May 2018.

Answered on

6 June 2018

Nigeria is a key partner for the UK and we are fully committed to helping the Nigerian Government in its fight against terrorism. However, the UK's position on human rights is clear: they are universal and must apply equally to all. Any member of the Nigerian security forces found to have been involved in human rights violations must be held accountable.

The National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security sets out how the UK Government will integrate a gender perspective into its work to build security and stability overseas and protect the human rights of women and girls. The UK military training and assistance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria has consistently emphasised the importance of adherence to internationally recognised Rules of Engagement, as well as the importance of International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. We have also made clear to the Nigerian authorities the importance of protecting civilians in conflict and detention, and that human rights standards must be upheld.

We continue to monitor the situation in Nigeria, and regularly assess the risks associated with the delivery of UK military assistance in line with the UK's Overseas Security and Justice Assistance guidance.

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