Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an Urgent Appeal to Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, urging her to apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold the Nigerian government to account over the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and the resulting repression of human rights particularly the rights to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom, as well as a flagrant disregard for the rule of law.
The organization asked Ms. Scotland to urgently consider recommending the suspension of Nigeria from the Commonwealth to the Heads of Government, the Commonwealth Chair-in-office, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth to push the government to take concrete measures to respect and promote the Commonwealth’s values of human rights, transparency, accountability and the rule of law.
In the Urgent Appeal dated 5 June 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said the Nigerian government has repeatedly demonstrated that it is not committed to protecting human rights.
SERAP said Nigerians can only freely participate in the democratic processes and shape the society in which they live if these fundamental human rights are fully and effectively-respected, protected, and promoted.