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Nigerian Government Votes Against UN Resolution Protecting Human Rights Defenders



Nigeria has voted against a United Nations resolution supporting and protecting people who promote and defend human rights.

Samantha Jones, United States Ambassador to the United Nations made the disclosure via Twitter. Nigeria voted ‘No’ alongside Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and other countries.

See countries that voted ‘No’ pictured above..

Wikipedia information reveals that in Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Force has been typically viewed as inefficient and corrupt. The Joint Task Force (JTF) has provided inadequate and violent response to the Boko Haram attacks. The JTF has been involved in killing suspects without fair trial as well as killing random members of communities expected in involvement with the Boko Haram.

This "heavy-handed" approach violates human rights with its lack of access to a fair trial and use of discriminatory techniques to determine perpetrators of violence.

Within the regular Nigerian Police Force, there are high amounts of corruption and violations that include extortion and embezzlement. The police force takes advantage of the people by putting up roadblocks that require a fee to pass and taking money for no legal reason.

Within the police force, there is no equal protection under the law. The wealthy are able to buy the police for security as well as expecting the police to turn a blind eye to illegal activities they participate in.

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