SERAP sends open letter to Human Right concerning Sowore and Bakare

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP has sent an open letter to he Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, SOYATA MAIGA to urgently intervene and put pressure on the Nigerian authorities and their agents to immediately end the intimidation and harassment of detained journalist and activist OMOYELE SOWORE and OLAWALE BAKARE.

The advocacy group also wants members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights caution Nigeria’s Federal agencies to stop harassing SOWORE’s sureties and lawyers, particularly FEMI FALANA, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria for defending their clients’ rights.

SERAP in the petition signed by its Deputy DIRECTOR, KOLAWOLE OLUWADARE said the harassment of detained activists for demanding strict compliance with court orders, and then their sureties as well as lawyers who come to their defence, shows a steady slide away from the rule of law and underscores the urgent need for the Commission to insist on the restoration of respect for human rights in Nigeria.

Copied in the letter is DIEGO GARCIA-SAYAN, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.

 

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