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#TwitterBan: Commonwealth Monitoring Allegations of Repression in Nigeria, Says Scribe
 
By: Cletus Sunday Ilobanafor
Sun, 1 Aug 2021   ||   Nigeria,
 

Sunday 1 August 2021: The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland (QC), has stated that the Commonwealth is closely monitoring developments around the suspension of Twitter and allegations of repression of the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, media freedom, as well as disregard for the rule of law in Nigeria.

The statement by the Commonwealth followed an urgent appeal on June 6 by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) urging Ms Scotland 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 freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom.

Responding, Scotland, in a letter dated July 22, 2021 and sent to SERAP, said she has been following the developments in Nigeria very closely and she is engaging the relevant stakeholders.

The letter signed on behalf of the Secretary General by Roger Koranteng, Officer in Charge, Governance and Peace Directorate, read in part: “Please be assured that the Secretariat will remain engaged with the authorities in Nigeria and encourage a speedy resolution of this matter.

“All Commonwealth member countries including Nigeria have committed themselves to upholding freedom of expression as one of the core values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter, which underscores a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights covenants and international instruments.”

 

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