17 Worsening Human Rights Violations Under President Jonathan – Human Rights Group
Kaduna based human rights activist, Shehu Sani has identified and listed 17 prevailing human rights abuses under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. The president of Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria said in a statement today that identified violations under the federal government are increasing by the day.
The worsening human rights violations under the Jonathan’s administration according to Sani include:
1-Brutal prosecution of anti terror war that includes arbitrary arrests,violation of privacy,unlawful detention and prolonged detention, systematic execution of suspects and policy of collective punishment.
2-Cruel use of security apparatus of the state to intimidate university teachers and brutally suppress their right to protest as evidenced in university of Abuja and Bayero university kano.
3-Security attack against newly employed school teachers in Port Harcourt Rivers state.
4-Repressive crackdown on the leadership of the G7 Governors;denying them their right to freedom of assembly and persistent threats to demolish offices and residence used for such gatherings.
5-Withdrawal of security details from entitled elected public office holders for expressing dissenting views.
6-perpetuating the presence of the military on the streets and the misuse of such institution to molest,intimidate,traumatize and humiliate Nigerians at check points.
7-Escalating incidences of arbitrary arrests,search and detentions by non civil forces.
8-Use of political party machinery to blackmail,intimidate and emasculate critical political voices.
9-Increasing use of security excuses to deny Nigerians the right to protest.
10-Deliberate indifference of the federal government to threats of secession and sabotage by active and ex militants in the Niger Delta.
11-Consistent use of the police to intimidate opposing politicians and subvert the meetings of dissenting PDP G7 governors.
12-Use of sponsored machineries in form of youths and women groups to defame and malign critics of the Government.
13-Grounding and threats of decertification of planes used by dissenting states Governors.
14-Unlawful demolition of houses on security grounds.
15-Arbitrary and massive deportation of Nationals of other African nations on security grounds.
16-Sacking of ministers for political reasons.
17-Persistent threats of ‘expulsion from the party’ against federal legislators with opposing views.
Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria
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