Saturday, 12 September 2015

News Release: YARPTI Calls On Nigerian Government To End Violation Of Fundamental Human Rights Of Chris Kehinde Nwandu

Chris Kehinde Nwandu


The fate of Nigerian blogger Chris Kehinde Nwandu  hangs in the balance as his wife Mrs. Oghogho Nwandu has told the world that the blogger is now  very sick at the Ikoyi prison due to the unhealthy and inhuman condition of the prison. His life is continuously under threat and harassment in prison.

The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI)  once again is calling on the government of Nigeria  to release  the Nigerian blogger. YARPTI is not happy with the fact that he is being held behind bars without bail over an alleged offence that is bailable. If it is true that he is being charged with “accomplice to defamation” because he reposted a story of alleged affairs and infidelity involving the MD of Fidelity Bank of Nigeria then  why  is he denied bail?  He has appeared three times before the honorable Judge Muhammad Yunusa; each time he was denied bail without reasons.

YARPTI is  aware that Nigeria is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees everyone the right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal and the right to be presumed innocent, under Article 14; the right to freedom of thought, under Article 18; and the right to freedom of expression, under Article 19.

We are aware that Nigerian  blogger Chris Nwandu  has stayed three weeks in jail and is very sick which  may claim his life.We do  hereby find that the Government of  Nigeria stands in breach of its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, including by grossly violating the rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 18 and 19.

We are calling on  non-governmental, human rights and religious organizations, together will all members of civil society worldwide to join us  to  speak out  and take all necessary action to pressure the Government of Nigeria  into ending its violation of the fundamental human rights of Mr Nwandu

Signed

Kenneth Uwadi
President
 YARPTI
www.yarpti.org

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