Group drags Amnesty International to ICC over report

Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, CESJET, has dragged Amnesty International before the International Criminal Court ICC, over its report which accused Nigeria of human rights violation.

CESJET through its lawyers, Mr. Wolfgang Bendler and Edward Omaga, accused Amnesty International of promoting and protecting human rights, a development which it said has been derailed into an incendiary and partisan goal.

In a petition submitted to the office of The Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, ICC, Madame Fatou Bensouda, the group said going by its recent comments and stand over certain issues, it appears that they have taken side.

Part of the petition reads: “Against the background of its 2015/2016 annual report in which it raised questions on the appalling human rights situation across the globe and scores Nigeria low as an abuser of human rights, it is pertinent to state that the ombudsman mission of Amnesty International in promoting and protecting human rights has been derailed into an incendiary and partisan goal.

“For now, lopsided views, short-sighted and hasty conclusions – some not backed by facts – are Amnesty International’s hallmark instead of bold objectivity in pursuit of its vision. “No doubt, international law and human norms demand that Nigeria as a state and Nigerians as a people eschew every form of man’s inhumanity to man. Hence perennial cases of police brutality, highhandedness by security officials, a criminal justice system which has failed, with many innocent citizens wasting away in illegal detentions, and statebacked maltreatment of citizens, call for holistic reforms of the structures and institutions of democracy.

“Indeed, there may be real or perceived cases of arbitrary brutalisation of persons by security officials, but these cases must not be exaggerated to denigrate the sovereignty and humanity of a nation.” CESJET said records would show that the murderous terrorist group called Boko Haram had killed more than 20,000 Nigerians in cold blood since 2012.

The group also said the Niger Delta Avengers have continued to breach the peace while destroying the infrastructure of Nigeria. CESJET said:

“They do this on the strength of Amnesty International’s affirmation that terrorist groups are untouchable by the Nigerian government.

“As at today, the complaint dated 1st September, 2016 has successfully dispatched to the International Criminal Court and acknowledged at the Office of the Prosecutor.

“The crux of the complaint is to expose and bring Amnesty International to book for the heinous crimes it has been propagating in Nigeria, to wit; wanton abuse of human rights by terrorists.

“It is obvious that Amnesty International now has a huge credibility problem, judging from its inability to find a balance between the civil liberties of people and the national security needs of sovereign independent nations as evidenced in its retreat from its guiding principle that “Amnesty International neither supports nor condemns a government policy of using military force in fighting against armed opposition movements, when an opposition group tortures or kills its captives, takes hostages, or commits deliberate and arbitrary killings.”