International Criminal Court acknowledges petition against Amnesty International

– The International Criminal Court has acknowledged the receipt of a petition against Amnesty International’s activities in Nigeria

– The international court said all consideration appropriate with the provision of the Rome Stature of ICC will be given to the petition

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The International Criminal Court has acknowledged the receipt of a petition against Amnesty International by a civil society organization, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET).

In an acknowledgment letter dated Friday, September 9, and with reference number OTP-CR+265/1, the head of information and evidence in the office of the prosecutor of the court Mark Dillon said the ICC is now in custody of CESJET’s petition.

The civil society organization had in its petition accused Amnesty International of derailing from its goal of protecting human rights into an incendiary and partisan role in Nigeria.

The group’s counsels Wolfgang Bendler and Edward Omaga, a German and Nigerian lawyer respectively had in the petition to the ICC said  the international organisation is lopsided in its views and hasty in its conclusions that lacks facts.

The ICC in its response said: “Office of the ICC acknowledges the receipt of your document/letter. This communication has been duly entered in the communication register of the office.”

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The international court also said, all consideration appropriate with the provision of the Rome Stature of ICC will be given to the petition.

CESJET had also said in its petition that against the background of its 2015/2016 annual report which raises questions on the appalling human rights situation across the globe and scores Nigeria, the mission of Amnesty International has taken a partisan direction.

“For now, lopsided views, shortsighted and hasty conclusions, some not backed by facts are Amnesty International’s hallmark instead of bold objectivity in the pursuit of its vision.

“No doubt, international law and human norms demand that Nigeria as a state and Nigerians as a people eschew every form of man’s inhumanity to man. Hence perennial cases of police brutality, high-handedness by security officials, a criminal justice system which has failed, with many innocent citizens wasting away in illegal detentions, and state-backed maltreatment of citizens, call for holistic reforms of the structures and institutions of democracy.

The group also said while there may be pockets of security harassment of citizens, the international organization tends to blow the situation out of proportion.

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The group said records also show that the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists had killed more than 20,000 Nigerians in cold blood since 2012 as the Niger Delta Avengers have continued to breach the peace while destroying the infrastructure of Nigeria.

“They do this on the strength of Amnesty International’s affirmation that terrorist groups are untouchable by Nigerian government.

“It is obvious that Amnesty International now has a huge credibility problem judging from its inability to find a balance between the civil liberties of people and the national security needs of sovereign independent nations as evidenced in its retreat from its guiding principle that: “Amnesty International neither supports nor condemns a government policy of using military force in fighting against armed opposition movements, when an opposition group tortures or kills its captives”.

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