UN, AU petitioned by 48 human rights groups over Omoyele Sowore’s detention

Forty-eight groups and press freedom organisations have petitioned the United Nations and the African Union over the continued of rights activist and convener of the RevolutionNow protest, , by the Department of State Services.

The groups described the arrest and detention of Sowore as a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism in Nigeria while calling for an urgent intervention by the and the to secure his immediate release.

The statement by Idowu Olalere on Friday quoted the COO of Sahara Reporters, La Keisha Landrum Pierre, as saying, “The organisations, assisted by Ms Nani Jansen Reventlow, from the London-based internationally renowned law firm, Doughty Street Chambers, are calling upon the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, the situation of human rights defenders, and African Commission Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression and human rights defenders to intervene urgently to secure the immediate release of Mr Sowore and declare his arrest and continuing detention a gross violation of his human rights.”

The statement listed the rights groups to include Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Centre for Constitutional Rights, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Women Agenda, ARTICLE 19 Senegal/West Africa and Global Voice Sub-Saharan Africa.

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