SERAP tells UN what to do about herdsmen killings

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an appeal to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to urgently facilitate a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to address persistent killings apparently by herdsmen in Benue State  and other parts of the country. The organization also urged Prince Al Hussein to speak out strongly and condemn the killings apparently by herdsmen in the country, and make an official visit to  Nigeria with special rapporteurs with relevant mandates to discuss the killings and concrete actions to end the killings and ultimately bring about significant improvements in the lives of farmers and their families as well as other citizens affected by violence across the country.

In an urgent appeal dated 6 January 2018 and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo  Mumuni, the organization said, “The UN Human Rights Council’s ability to successfully expose and hold perpetrators of human rights violations to account may be under threat if your office continues to ignore or pay little attention to the crimes and abuses apparently by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators in Nigeria.”

“While we acknowledge that the council has made significant contributions to human rights elsewhere, we are concerned that the violence and killings in Nigeria rarely attract the attention of the UN and particularly, your office.

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