Nigeria: 8000 verhungert, erstickt, gefoltert und hingerichtet – 8,000 dead while in Nigeria government custody

Images taken from a video of a 'screening' operation by the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force on 23 July 2013 in Bama town, Nigeria. More than 300 men were passed in front of a hidden informant. Up to 35 men were arrested on suspicion of being Boko Haram members. On 29 July 2013 military personnel took the men out of the barracks in Bama and brought them to their communities, where the soldiers shot them dead. The video was taken by a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force.

Images taken from a video of a ’screening‘ operation by the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force on 23 July 2013 in Bama town, Nigeria. More than 300 men were passed in front of a hidden informant. Up to 35 men were arrested on suspicion of being Boko Haram members. On 29 July 2013 military personnel took the men out of the barracks in Bama and brought them to their communities, where the soldiers shot them dead. The video was taken by a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force.

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Verhungert, erstickt, gefoltert und hingerichtet: 8000 Tote in Nigeria:

In Nigeria werden Tausende von jungen Männern und Jungen willkürlich festgenommen und vorsätzlich getötet oder man wartet, bis sie in der Haft sterben – unter schrecklichsten Bedingungen.

Die Ermittler von Amnesty International veröffentlichten Beweise dafür, dass mehr als 8000 Menschen seit 2011 in den Händen des nigerianischen Militärs starben.

Nach Jahren der Forschung und Analyse der Beweismittel wurde festgestellt, dass Tausende von Menschen verhungert, erstickt, zu Tode gefoltert oder hingerichtet wurden, während sie in staatlichem Gewahrsam waren.

Nach Interviews mit mehr als 400 Überlebenden, Zeitzeugen und hochrangigen Mitgliedern der Sicherheitskräfte Nigerias hat Amnesty eine Reihe von Kriegsverbrechen und Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit – ausgeführt durch die nigerianischen Militärs im Zuge des bewaffneten Konflikts mit Boko Haram dokumentiert.

Der Bericht – Sterne auf ihren Schultern. Blut an den Händen: Kriegsverbrechen durch das nigerianische Militär, zeigt, dass mehr als 7000 junge Männer und Jungen – einige erst neun Jahre alt – in Militärhaft starben und dass mehr als 1200 Menschen seit März 2011 widerrechtlich getötet wurden.

Ein ehemaliger Häftling berichtete Amnesty International: „Alles, was ich wusste, war, dass, wenn man einmal von den Soldaten festgenommen und in Giwa [Kaserne] gelandet ist, das Leben beendet ist“.

Das nigerianische Militär nahm seit 2009 mindestens 20 000 junge Männer und Jungen fest. Die Häftlinge werden in Isolationshaft in extrem überfüllten, nicht belüfteten Zellen gehalten ohne sanitäre Einrichtungen und mit wenig Nahrung und Wasser. Viele werden gefoltert und Tausende starben durch Misshandlung und schlimme Haftbedingungen.

Am 29. Mai wählte Nigeria einen neuen Präsidenten, General Muhammadu Buhari, der einen professionellen militärischen Wiederaufbau und die Wiederherstellung der Achtung der Menschenrechte versprochen hat. Die internationale Gemeinschaft muss Präsident Buhari auffordern, seine Versprechen zu halten und ihm helfen, entschlossen zu handeln, um die durchdringende Kultur der Straflosigkeit innerhalb Nigerias Streitkräften zu beenden und Folter zu verbieten.

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Nigerias Militär hat Blut an seinen Händen. Ansprüche von ungesetzlichen Tötungen, Folter und Verschwindenlassen müssen sofort untersucht werden. Die Menschen in Nigeria verdienen nicht weniger.

Handeln Sie auf Grund dieser erschreckenden neuen Informationen. Wenden Sie sich an den neu gewählten Präsident Buhari von Nigeria und fordern Sie eine unparteiische und sofortige Untersuchung dieser Verbrechen.
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Message Recipients: The Honorable John A. Boehner, The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, The Honorable Mitch McConnell, and The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Help President Buhari Stop Torture in Nigeria

I am writing to urge the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration to work with the new government of Nigeria to end the use of torture and break the culture of impunity.

Since 2011, the Nigerian security forces have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in their armed conflict with Boko Haram. Over 8,000 people were deliberately starved, suffocated, executed and tortured to death with no accountability whatsoever.

On May 29, Nigeria made history by inaugurating as president the first leader of a political opposition party, raising hopes that a new chapter in the country’s history is starting. President Buhari has made several public promises about restoring the rule of law and rebuilding a professional Nigerian military in addition to defeating Boko Haram. These goals will not be achieved unless the culture of impunity among the security forces is broken and Nigeria outlaws torture. Senior Nigerian military commanders must be investigated for sanctioning or failing to prevent the deaths of thousands of people who were in their custody or caught in security force operations.

As a key ally of the Nigerian government and given Nigeria’s importance regionally and globally, I urge you to hold President Buhari to his commitments and to prioritize U.S. support for efforts to end impunity, re-establish accountability and end the use of torture.

Specifically, I urge you to call upon President Buhari to uphold his commitment to lead a government founded on values that promote and protect fundamental human rights by:

– Initiating independent and impartial investigations into allegations of crimes under international law, including crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Nigerian military and members of Boko Haram, with a view to bringing suspected perpetrators to justice in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

– Introducing safeguards against human rights violations, including allowing all detainees access to their families, lawyers and doctors; allowing independent human rights monitors unfettered access to all people in detention; ensuring that a centralized register of all people arrested and detained is accessible to their relatives and lawyers; and charging all detainees with a recognizable criminal offense or releasing them.

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In Solidarität,

Adotei Akwei
Managing Director of Government Relations
Amnesty International USA

June 2015

In Nigeria, thousands of young men and boys are being arbitrarily arrested and deliberately killed or left to die in detention – in the most horrific conditions.

Amnesty International investigators just released evidence that more than 8,000 people have died at the hands of the Nigerian government since 2011.

After years of research and analysis of evidence, we found that these thousands of people were starved, suffocated, tortured to death or executed while in government custody.

Take action on this horrifying new information. Call on the newly-elected President Buhari of Nigeria to launch an impartial and immediate investigation into these crimes.

Following interviews with more than 400 survivors, eyewitnesses and senior members of Nigeria security forces, Amnesty has documented a range of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity committed by the Nigerian military in the course of the armed conflict with Boko Haram.

Our report, Stars on their shoulders. Blood on their hands: War crimes committed by the Nigerian military, reveals that more than 7,000 young men and boys – some as young as nine years old – died in military detention, and more than 1,200 people were unlawfully killed since March 2011.

The Nigerian military has arrested at least 20,000 young men and boys since 2009. Detainees are held incommunicado in extremely overcrowded, unventilated cells without sanitary facilities and with little food or water. Many are subjected to torture, and thousands have died from ill-treatment and dire detention conditions.

Stand with us in demanding that the Nigerian government is held accountable for these atrocities.

On May 29, Nigeria inaugurated a new president, General Muhammadu Buhari, who has promised to rebuild a professional military and restore respect for human rights. The international community must hold President Buhari to his promises and help him act decisively to end the pervasive culture of impunity within Nigeria’s armed forces and outlaw torture.

One former detainee told Amnesty International: „All I know was that once you get detained by the soldiers and taken to Giwa [military barracks], your life is finished.“

Nigeria’s military has blood on its hands. Claims of unlawful killings, torture and enforced disappearance must be investigated immediately. The people of Nigeria deserve no less.
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In solidarity,

Adotei Akwei
Managing Director of Government Relations
Amnesty International USA
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