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e-2939 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Suliya Mazou from Pickering, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • The brave citizens of Nigeria have been protesting the historically corrupt and unaccountable Nigerian law enforcement units known as SARS and SWAT that have been terrorizing their communities for decades;
  • The government of Nigeria and particular officials have responded to peaceful protests by sending in military death squads and hiring local thugs to attack, threaten and disrupt these protests; and
  • Canadians of Nigerian descent are especially concerned with the unfolding and tragic human rights violations and killings that are currently occurring and that have been independently verified on social media and through other sources.
We, the undersigned, Canadian citizens and Canadians of Nigerian and African descent, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Pass a motion in Parliament and for the Government of Canada to issue a statement condemning the October 20th Lekki toll gate massacre in Lagos State and to voice its support for the rights of Nigerian citizens to peacefully protest for the purposes of demanding accountability, the end of corruption and extrajudicial killings of its people;
2. Request the UN or AU to organize an independent fact-finding mission, the purpose of which will inform the implementation of targeted sanctions under the Magnitsky Act against government officials involved in directing these or other human rights abuses; and
3. Utilize all levers of political influence and work alongside other state, civil society and international partners to ensure that perpetrators of past or any future violations are held accountable and that the units known as SARS or SWAT are immediately abolished.
Open for signature
October 22, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 19, 2021, at 4:45 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Matthew Green
Hamilton Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
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