UK Parliament Debates #EndSARS Crisis

UK Parliament Debates #EndSARS Crisis by
The United Kingdom parliament is currently considering the
petition to sanction the Nigerian government over alleged
human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protests.
Oniftv is monitoring the parliament’s proceeding where a
representative of James Duddridge, UK minister of Africa, is
briefing parliamentarians on the matter.
Over 200,000 persons had signed a petition asking the UK to
sanction the federal government for allegedly clamping
down on the rights of members of the #EndSARS
The matter was raised by Theresa Villiers, member of
parliament for Chipping Barnet.
The UK had said it was reviewing all evidence concerning
the petition.
The petitioners accused the Nigerian government and the
police of violating the rights of agitators protesting against
police brutality.
They asked the UK to implement sanctions that would
“provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone
involved in violations of human rights”.
Villiers said the UK sanction regime gives the country “a
powerful new tool to hold to account perpetrators of serious
human rights violations and abuses.”
“This petition is being prompted by the disturbing event in
Nigeria in recent weeks,” she said.
“The SARS unit has a deeply controversial reputation.
Reports of violence and human rights abuses by SARS date
back to several years but these latest protests follow a
video in October which many believe shows a man being
killed by SARS officers.”
She said the shooting at the Lekki tollgate seems like “the
last straw” for many and has raised concerns of human
rights violations.
Kate Osamor, MP from Edmonton, described the situation
in Nigeria as “regrettably serious”.
“Today, we need to consider how the government responds
to both the movement itself and the violent actions of the
Nigerian regime,” she said.

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