Commonwealth monitors Twitter ban, human rights violation in Nigeria

Commonwealth monitors Twitter ban, human rights violation in Nigeria

The Commonwealth has beamed its searchlight on Nigeria to monitor allegations of human rights violations and repression of freedom of expression exemplified by the ban of micro-blogging apps, Twitter.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC, said the body is also monitoring allegation of denial of access to information, media freedom, and disregard for the rule of law in Nigeria.

She said all Commonwealth member-countries, including Nigeria, have obligations and commitments to uphold freedom of expression as one of the core values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter.

“This underscores a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights covenants and international instruments,” she said.

The statement by the Commonwealth followed an appeal by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) urging Ms. Scotland to “apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold the Nigerian government to account over the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and the resulting repression of freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom”.

SERAP’s Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare announced this yesterday in a statement in Lagos.

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