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Nigeria: Military, OSIWA Differ On Calls to Compel Terrorists…

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has tasked the human rights community to mount pressure on Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ASWAP) fighters to drop their weapons and come to the negotiation table. However, the executive director, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Aisha Osori, said it is not the duty of the human rights groups to do so. readmore

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ICCLVC 2021: 15. International Conference on Criminal Law, Victims…

The International Conference on Criminal Law, Victims and Compensation will take place between 3-4 June 2021, and it aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Criminal Law, Victims and Compensation. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Criminal Law, Victims and Compensation. readmore

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Dominic Ongwen sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment

6 May 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC or Court) sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years of imprisonment following the Trial Judgment in which the Chamber found him guilty for a total of 61 crimes comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005. The period of his detention between 4 January 2015 and 6 May 2021, will be deducted from the total time of imprisonment imposed on him. The sentence may be appealed before the ICC Appeals Chamber by either party to the proceedings. readmore

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Panic as Lawmakers Receive Security Alert on Boko Haram’s…

Nigerian federal lawmakers are in a panic mode after being notified of a possible attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the National Assembly complex and other public buildings in Abuja, a report by The Punch stated. The newspaper stated that several members of the House of Representatives confirmed on Wednesday, May 5, that they had been notified of the imminent attack by the terrorist group. One of them, a southwest lawmaker whose name was withheld, said his presence would henceforth be limited on the premises. He said: “That is the security alert I saw today. I’m already moving out of here. I’ll only be around when there is a major reason to do so. Nowhere is safe in the country anymore.” readmore

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400 Nigerians Murdered by Boko Haram, Bandits, Herdsmen

No fewer than 400 Nigerians were murdered by Boko Haram, bandits, and herdsmen in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, the latest report from Bismark Rewame-led Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) has said. Besides, the report stated that bandits also kidnapped about 15o persons during the period under review. Quoting Civic Media Lab as a source, Rewane in a report, gave the details of killings, stating that Boko Haram and other Islamic terrorists murdered 100 people: random shooters/arsonists killed 40 people, herdsmen killed 60, while bandits murdered 200, noting that the recent was the abduction and killing of some Greenfield University students. readmore
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“Don’t Sell Arms to Nigeria,” Nnamdi Kanu Tells the…

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the United States of America, USA, not to sell arms to the Nigerian government. Kanu in a letter to US President, Joe Biden, begged him to turn down the request by President Muhammadu Buhari, soliciting US military assistance to Nigeria. The IPOB leader, in the letter, claimed that President Buhari had made Nigeria “the most dangerous country in the world.” readmore
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Igbo Think-Tank Writes Army Chief, Warns of Arbitrary Killings

Leading Igbo think-tank, Nzuko Umunna, has warned that state actors may face prosecution at domestic and international fora if they fail to stem arbitrary killings in the South East. In an open letter to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, signed by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Ngozi Odumuko, the influential Igbo group noted that the shoot-at-sight order by President Muhammadu Buhari “has been roundly criticized as unconstitutional,” adding that the military high-command has “failed, refused or neglected” to debunk allegation of execution of the order in the South East. readmore
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The UK Pressing Ahead With Bill to Protect Soldiers…

The United Kingdom government is pressing ahead with proposed legislation that seeks to shield its soldiers from prosecution for any war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the face of widespread condemnation from human rights groups and retired officers, and amid stiff opposition in Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government agreed to shelve plans to protect servicemen and women from prosecution for torture, genocide or crimes against humanity. readmore

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UNESCO And Oxford University To Launch A Massive Open…

UNESCO and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford are launching a joint Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on 10 May 2021 for judges and judicial actors on international standards on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. The 5-week course is open to legal professionals from all justice systems. The course will run from the weeks of 10 May until 07 June 2021, with the possibility for participants to complete the course until 30 June 2021. A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who complete the course. readmore