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Nigeria: Human Rights and Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5823, tabled on 17 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Nigeria about the investigation of cases of reported military complicity in violence against Christians and other human rights abuses.

Answered on

30 June 2020

The UK is firmly committed to promoting and protecting human rights around the world. We have made clear to the Nigerian authorities, at the highest levels, the importance of protecting civilians, including all ethnic and religious groups, and human rights for all Nigerians. We are aware that communities of all faiths have made allegations of military complicity in some incidences of violence. We call for all allegations of human rights abuses or excessive use of force to be investigated and those responsible to be held to account.

Following allegations of human rights abuses made against Nigerian military detention facilities in Amnesty International's recent report, 'We Dried our Tears', the British High Commissioner raised the report with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and called for a full investigation into the allegations and prosecution of any individuals found to have committed abuses. We reiterate that the UK Government does not provide any support to the military detention facilities mentioned.