Amnesty International to open office in Nigeria
Amnesty International today announced the opening of
its new national office in Nigeria, as part of a major drive
to increase the impact of its human rights work in the
The establishment of Amnesty International Nigeria sets
out a new way of working for the world’s leading human
rights organization in the West African country.
Responsibilities that were previously held in London have
now been transferred to the new national office in Abuja
which will act as the main base for the global
movement’s research, campaign and communications
work addressing human rights violations in Nigeria. The
office has a staff of seven people and is led by M.K.
“Nigeria has achieved remarkable things — but serious
violations continue, unpunished. In establishing a
permanent base in Nigeria, we want to send a clear
message: Amnesty International stands in solidarity with
the victims of human rights violations, alongside the
individuals and organizations already fighting abuses,”
said Amnesty International Secretary General, Salil
“The new government has made promises of
accountability, and we welcome that. Now, we must hold
them to their words.”
Amnesty International will campaign and lobby on a wide
range of issues in Nigeria. These include the ongoing
attacks and atrocities by Boko Haram, violations
committed by the military and other security forces, use
of torture, forced evictions and the right to adequate
housing and the devastating impact of decades of oil
pollution on communities in the Niger Delta.
partnerships with national human rights organizations
and support campaigning by civil society organizations
across the country.