Nigeria’s military is under pressure to improve its human rights records. One major critic of the army is the human rights organisation, Amnesty International.
The military has now set up a Human Rights desk to address complaints of rights violation against its personnel.
According to the Director, Research and Advocacy of Amnesty International, Mr. Nathanet Bilay who led a delegation to Army headquarters, “Amnesty International has been documenting for several years 60 forms of violations of human rights and international humanitarian laws in Nigeria.
Addressing senior officers, including the COAS, Mr. Bilay said: “The report is a product of years of research.
“We have travelled to the North East, various destinations, we interviewed victims, detainees, military sources as well and our findings suggested that there was, indeed, a serious concern by our respondents.
“We have published two reports; one of them bothers on the serious crimes committed by the armed group, called Boko Haram. We have come here with a positive spirit, we have been pleased with President Buhari’s comments that respect for human rights would be at the center of the military’s operations in his administration.”
Amnesty International has accused the military of war crimes and crimes against humanity in its fight against the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram.