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Nigeria: UN expert on extrajudicial executions to visit

GENEVA (16 August 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, will visit Nigeria from 19 August to 2 September 2019 to investigate issues concerning her mandate.

“I look forward to understanding the scope of the challenges confronted with regard to arbitrary deprivations of life and measures taken by the Government on such issues as the implementation of counter terrorism policies and the conflicts between communities in Nigeria,” Callamard said.

“I will also investigate violations of the right to life of women, minorities, indigenous people, members of the LGBTI community, internally displaced persons and human rights defenders.”

Callamard will also consider abuses committed by State security agencies and non-State actors, particularly in the North East and South of the country, as well as actions taken by the State to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.

She will also assess measures adopted by the State to address and prevent killings in clashes between herders and farmers in the central part of the country, with a special focus on the impact of climate change on rural communities.

The Special Rapporteur will also examine issues relating to safeguards over the use of the death penalty, mainly the situation of inmates on death row and the laws applied by Sharia courts.

Callamard will meet officials at federal and state level, as well as the national human rights institution and representatives of UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and civil society. She will also visit areas outside the capital, Abuja.

At the end of her visit, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on 2 September 2019 to share her preliminary findings with the media. It will take place at Transcorp Hilton Abuja, 1 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, 900001 Abuja. The time of the press conference will be given later. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

The UN expert’s final report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2020.

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Ms Agnes Callamard (France), Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally. Ms Callamard is the Director of Columbia Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia University and has previously worked with Article 19 and Amnesty International. She has advised multilateral organisations and governments around the world, has led human rights investigations in more than 30 countries, and has published extensively on human rights and related fields.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

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