SERAP announced on Thursday it has petitioned the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva over the repressive manner the police authorities clamped down on #RevolutionNow protesters on Monday.
SERAP in an open letter to the council, dated August 8 and signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, asked the council to immediately convene a special session to probe Sowore’s arrest and repression of the protesters, including journalists who covered the protest.
SERAP bemoaned the rights situation in Nigeria, which it said has deteriorated drastically with federal and state governments refused to obey court orders.
“There are serious violations of the rights of Nigerians to liberty, personal security, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association, and media freedom and a special session is urgently needed to help stem the attack on human rights and contribute to UN efforts to prevent further abuses, including arbitrary detention and excessive use of force.
“We urge your delegation to actively support the holding of a special session of the Human Rights Council without delay and the adoption of a resolution that ensures meaningful attention to the situation with a view to stemming the abuses and ending impunity.
“The Human Rights Council cannot ignore persistent attacks on human rights and disregard for the rule of law in Nigeria.
“If the Human Rights Council does not assume its responsibility and give voice to the victims, it would exacerbate the impunity of perpetrators and continue to fuel further abuses.”
SERAP also urged the council to ask Nigerian authorities to release unconditionally Sowore and all those detained in connection with the #RevolutionNow protests.
It added that a former Politics Editor with Daily Trust, Ibrahim Dan-Halilu, is also detained by the Buhari government in connection with the protest.
Meanwhile, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), Sowore’s lawyer, said on Thursday that he would file an application to challenge the order by a Federal High Court in Abuja which granted the Department of State Services permission to detain Sowore for 45 days.
Mr. Falana on Thursday disclosed that Sowore had as of Wednesday instructed him to challenge the court order, which he had foreseen would be against him.