#EndSARS Protest: UK Parliament Offends Request for Sanctions against Nigeria Monday | Instant News

• Lamenting rights violations during the #EndSARS protests
Gboyega Akinsanmi

The UK parliament has said it will consider petitions by several groups and individuals, asking parliament to apply sanctions against the Nigerian government and officials for alleged human rights violations during the #EndSARS protests and Lekki’s shooting.

Parliament also regretted the violence that erupted in the aftermath of the Lekki incident, noting that they were awaiting the results of investigations by the federal and state governments into reports of police brutality.
It made these disclosures in response to a petition signed by more than 220,118 individuals in the UK, asking the British Government to sanction Nigeria for alleged human rights violations.

The reply, which is signed by the Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth & Development, is obtained from the official website of the parliament – https: //petition.par Parliament.uk/petitions/554150.
In response to the petition, parliament said the British Government was “deeply concerned about the violence during the recent protests in Nigeria, which tragically claimed lives. Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected. “

Specifically, the answer in part read: “Parliament will debate this petition. Parliament will debate the petition on 23 November 2020. You can watch it online on the UK Parliament’s YouTube channel.
“On 6 July, the UK Government established a Global Human Rights sanctions regime by putting legislation in Parliament under the Anti-Money Laundering Sanctions and Act 2018.

“The Secretary of State sets out in full scope the scope of the UK’s new Global Human Rights sanctions regime. He announced the first stage of the appointment, as well as the Government’s approach to future appointments.
“This sanctions regime will provide Britain with a powerful new tool to hold accountable those who have been involved in serious human rights violations or violations. The sanctions regime is not meant to target individual countries.
“This will allow sanctions to be imposed on individuals and entities that are involved in serious human rights violations or violations around the world.

“We will continue to consider potential designations under the Global Human Rights sanctions regime. It is long practice not to speculate about future sanctions as doing so could reduce the impact of them. The British government will keep all evidence and potential lists under careful review, “parliament said in reply.
Consequently, the government should explore using a new sanctions regime that would allow individuals and entities who violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police who are involved in human rights abuses.

The reply detailed the interventions that the British Government had initiated to direct the federal government’s attention to cases of human rights violations during the EndSARS protests.

It said the Foreign Minister issued a statement on October 21 calling for an end to the violence and that the Nigerian Government immediately investigate reports of brutality by its security forces and hold them accountable.

It added that the African Minister tweeted on October 16, noting people’s democratic and peaceful calls for reform, and again on October 21, encouraging Nigerian authorities to restore peace and address concerns over brutality against civilians.

He observed that the minister “repeated these messages when he spoke with Foreign Minister Onyeama on 23 October. The British High Commissioner in Abuja has also protested with representatives of the Nigerian Government and will continue to do so.

“We welcome President Buhari’s decision to disband the Federal Anti-Robbery Special Forces (FSARS) and the establishment of a judicial inquiry panel to investigate suspected incidents of brutality by the security services.

“They must investigate all incidents, including in Lagos, completely. The African minister tweeted on October 29 stressing the importance of police and military cooperation with the panel. He raised this, and the need for a panel to immediately initiate an investigation, when he spoke with the governor of Lagos state on November 11.

“The UK Government will continue to work with the Nigerian Government and international partners and civil society to support justice, accountability and a more responsive policing model in Nigeria.

“We will continue to encourage Nigerian security services to uphold human rights and the rule of law, investigate all incidents of brutality, illegal detention and excessive use of force, and hold them to account,” he said.

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