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e-2944 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Oladimeji Olatunbosun from Calgary, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), created in 1992 by the Nigerian government has abused its anonymity to encroach upon the liberties of Nigerian individuals;
  • SARS targets Nigerian youth on a plethora of arbitrary grounds, including clothing and hairstyle;
  • Between January 2017 and May 2020, Amnesty International has recorded 82 cases of abuse and extrajudicial killings at the hands of SARS;
  • On October 20, 2020, at the Lekki Toll Gate, #EndSARS protestors were shot by Nigerian soldiers;
  • The death toll continues to rise;
  • Canada is involved in the training of Nigerian security forces, through its Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program;
  • The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act and the Special Economic Measures Act condemn "violation[s] of the principles of fundamental justice and the rule of law";
  • The rule of law calls for certainty, predictability, and lack of arbitrariness of the law; and
  • Canada has the opportunity to reassert these principles, and Nigerian-Canadian citizens and residents pleading for them to take advantage of it.
We, the undersigned, Nigerian-Canadian citizens and residents, call upon the Minister of Foreign Affairs to explore employment of the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, the Special Economic Measures Act, or any of the appropriate sanction measures to call to order the Government of Nigeria.
Open for signature
November 20, 2020, at 10:28 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 20, 2021, at 10:28 a.m. (EDT)
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