Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked for the immediate and unconditionally release all the #RevolutionNow protesters arrested in Abuja, Osogbo and other parts of the country, insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari must end the use of excessive force against protesters.
The organisation in a statement today by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, made it clear that by failing to adequately protect protesters from violent attacks, Nigerian authorities have blatantly violated their obligations under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
SERAP urges the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested, promptly investigate attacks on protesters, and identify security agents suspected to be responsible and bring them to justice.
SERAP urges the international community including the UN Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the African Union and the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights to publicly condemn attacks on peaceful protests and to put pressure on the Nigerian authorities to effectively investigate attacks on protesters, prosecute perpetrators and to respect and protect the human rights of everyone.
The UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials prohibit the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters.