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Amnesty International Launches #TalkYourTruth Campaign, Decries Alarming Rights Abuses In Nigeria

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International watchdog, Amnesty Worldwide in Abuja, Nigeria on Monday launched the #TalkYourTruth marketing campaign, saying it’s to permit residents to talk up and specific their voices in the midst of the rising human rights abuses.

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AI said that it’s starting the marketing campaign to guard the “freedom of expression in Nigeria as critics, journalists and people who specific dissenting views face intimidation, threats and typically arrest by safety forces.”



The AI Nation Director, Osai Ojigho, said this in her tackle, including that on many events, Nigerian authorities reply with violence and threats to people and teams who specific dissenting opinions.

“It’s unacceptable that in Nigeria, those that train freedom of expression by means of important opinions typically face threats, verbal and bodily assaults, indiscriminate arrest, torture, detention and prosecution by means of trumped-up costs and abuse of the Cybercrimes and Anti-Terrorism Legal guidelines. Nigerians should be free to precise opinions with out concern,” she added.

The AI recalled the circumstances of Yahaya Aminu, 21, who “stays in detention following an preliminary demise sentence imposed on him for sharing an audio thought of blasphemous on Whatsapp.”

“Salihu Tanko Yakasai popularly known as Dawisu was unlawfully detained by Nigeria’s secret police, the DSS for a tweet lamenting the rising insecurity; by condemning the kidnap of over 300 schoolgirls.

“Jaafar Jaafar, an investigative journalist fled Nigeria following demise threats to his life for exposing alleged corruption in authorities. Abubakar Idris (Dadiyata) a critic of Nigerian authorities was kidnapped by gunmen at dwelling in Kaduna State on August 1, 2019. His whereabouts are nonetheless unknown,” the AI added.

It said that with the launch of the #TalkYourTruth marketing campaign, Nigerian authorities should present tangible dedication to freedom and in addition to “instantly and unconditionally drop frivolous costs towards those that are persecuted for exercising their proper to freedom of expression.”

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