Monday, 30 September 2019

SERAP, CDHR, Others Petition UN, AU On Sowore’s Continuous Detention





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Socio Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP), Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR) and 48 others have written the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) over continued Detention of the organizers of #revolutionNow the protest, Omoyele Sowore By the federal government.



Decrying his being kept in custody by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration amid a subsisting court ruling ordering his freedom, the groups demanded the immediate release of the publisher of the online news medium, Sahara Reporters.
The African Action Congress (AAC) candidate in this year’s presidential election was arrested on August 3 this year by the Department of State Services (DSS) for galvanizing Nigerians against some ‘challenges’ in the polity.
A Federal High Court, Abuja had on September 24 ordered the secret police to release the pro-democracy campaigner.
The human rights and press freedom organisations are renewing their call on the two global and continental bodies to fast-track the freedom of the Ogun State native.
The activist had been charged under the Terrorism Act 2013 for treason and allegedly insulting the Nigerian leader in an interview.
 Oluwadare Kolawole of SERAP said, government had “invoked charges of a treasonable felony to unjustifiably or arbitrarily restrict the right to freedom of opinion and expression undermine the essence of the criminal justice system and the rule of law.”
The others demanding the unconditional reprieve for the media mogul include the All Workers’ Convergence (AWC); Afrika Movement for Freedom and Justice (AMFJ); Agege Women Agenda (AWA); Amnesty International Nigeria; Amnesty International USA; ARTICLE 19 Senegal/West Africa; Chidi Odinkalu of Open Society Justice Initiative; Centre for Constitutional Rights; Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ); Coalition for Revolution (CORE); Community Women Initiatives (CWI); The Concerned Forum; Congress of Progressive Youths (COPY); Democratic Youth League and Edo State Civil Society Organisation (EDOSCO).

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