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Sunday 17 April 2016


Human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law and respect for human rights are values that are firmly anchored in the EU Treaties. Fundamental human rights are guaranteed at International level, by the constitution of each country and at the European Union, by the Charter of Fundamental Rights (adopted in 2000 and binding on EU countries since 2009).
All the European institutions - the Commission, Parliament and Council, plays a critical role in the protection of human rights.

The European Union, has undertaken a venture to promote and protect human rights of Biafrans, democracy and the rule of law across Nigeria.
 Human rights are of crucial importance in EU relations with other countries and regions worldwide.
EU's policy is aimed at promoting the rights of people like the Biafran women, children, minorities and displaced persons, combating the death penalty, torture, human trafficking, discrimination and indivisible nature of human rights in Nigeria with or without full and active cooperation of President Buhari.

Read also:European Parliament Motion For A Resolution

In all trade agreements or cooperation with non-EU countries such as Nigeria, a clause states that human rights are a central element of relations with the European Union, which has imposed sanctions for human rights violations in different occasions.
EU in its reports has clearly stated that Nigeria has violated Nnamdi Kanu's human rights by keeping him in cell where he has at his disposal less than three square meters. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has therefore condemned Nigeria for inhumane and degrading treatment Nnamdi Kanu received when he was detained by the Nigerian DSS, and is still receiving now in Kuje Prison.

Nnamdi Kanu, a British broadcaster and Leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) has been morally, mentally and physically damaged as a result of severe inhuman torturing received by the Ngerian DSS.
In its motion for a resolution, the EU calls on the Nigerian government to ensure the humane and fair treatment of prisoner Nnamdi Kanu, upholding international human rights norms, and to ensure access to a fair trial.

The EU court of human rights has already received more than 550 complaints from Biafran inmates in Nigeria who alleged been kept in a horrible prison condition and given inhuman torturing.
The Strasbourg Court emphasized that "detention does not involve the loss of the rights guaranteed by the Convention" and determined that Kanu must have a fair trial and that his torture must come to an abrupt end.

Nigeria has already been convicted four times, in Strasbourg, where they were presented several appeals last summer. Due to the bad conditions of detention, the Strasbourg Court has already ruled against Nigeria four times in four years, the last of which was last summer for violating the 'Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that no one shall be subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment. Although, according Strasbourg, Nigeria had failed to fulfill its obligations voluntarily.

The EU motion to a resolution in Nigeria also stated that "on December 3, 2015 agitations for a separate state of Biafra in the southeast led to the death of at least 12 people; whereas the violent responses of security forces to civil disturbances and protests in the southeast and North-central Nigeria threatens to aggravate human rights challenges already caused by the lingering Boko Haram conflict in the northeast".
Illegal executions, kickbacks and extortion, murders of innocent Biafra civilians are the violations EU alleged to have been committed to the Nigerian DSS, Police and Army.


In the recent motion released, the EU speaks of Nigerian agents badly paid and not trained properly, with the habit of firing, lightly resulting in the massive killings of IPOB peaceful and unarmed protesters.
"Hundreds of Biafra citizens are killed each year by corrupt Nigerian police officers, armies and DSS, and all these happens in the silence of the Nigerian authorities and Buhari administration, who ignore the problem.

 EU and Amnesty International found evidence of Biafrans human rights violations, including torture and executions made by the Nigerian agents of persons suspected of having committed a crime.
And this happens without making an open inquiries into the activities of the Cops who remain largely unpunished", says Stefano Manservisi, head of cabinet of Federica Mogherini (EU High Rep).

It now behooves on the EU to met out appropriate sanctions on the perpetrators of these gross human rights violation as enshrined in their convention, and ultimately call for the obedience to previous court orders by the Buhari- led government, which states that Nnamdi Kanu should be released unconditionally; having found him not guilty. And finally propose referendum, so that the lugardian enterprise can finally revert to its former status before Nigeria was created.

Written by Anderline Amamgbo.
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue U.
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers.

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