Plateau Killings: SERAP Seeks UN Human Rights Intervention

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is seeking the intervention of the United Nations Human Right Council over the recent killings in Plateau State, Nigeria.

SERAP sent an open letter to all the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva urging their delegation to hold a special session of the Human Rights Council to address the ongoing killings of Nigerians and residents by suspected herdsmen.

In Plateau State, over 80 people were brutally murdered last weekend while many houses and properties burnt by suspected herdsmen.

SERAP in a statement signed by his Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale urged the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution to “condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing killings and revenge attacks on innocent Nigerians and residents by suspected herdsmen and/or unknown persons as well as the ongoing impunity enjoyed by suspected perpetrators and groups that have suggested these atrocities may be retaliatory killings.”

In the letter dated 26 June 2018 and signed by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale, the organization said, “The proposed measures are necessary because several calls by Nigerians asking the Nigerian authorities to end the killings and attacks have largely gone unheeded for far too long. The Human Rights Council cannot ignore persistent attacks and killings of Nigerians and residents. If the Human Rights Council does not assume its responsibility and give voice to the victims, it would exacerbate the impunity of perpetrators; continue to hide their victims, and deepen the invisibility of the killings and attacks to the comity of nations.”

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