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SERAP writes the ICC prosecutor to demand victims’ justice

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Mr. Karim A. A. Khan, has been urged by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) “to urgently issue a formal ‘preventative statement’ in relation to the ongoing violence, unlawful killings, crimes against children, and other violations of international law in Plateau State of Nigeria.”

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Additionally, SERAP asked Mr. Khan “to open an investigation or extend any current investigations to cover the ongoing situation in the state and to undertake preliminary examination into the Plateau State situation.”

In order to demonstrate your office’s commitment to providing the victims of the Plateau attacks with meaningful accountability and justice, as well as to ensure that victims have access to effective remedies, such as reparations, the Organization urged Mr. Khan to visit the Plateau State.

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This was revealed in a letter dated Saturday that Kolawole Oluwadare, the deputy director of SERAP, signed.

Recall that the latest crisis in Plateau is said to have resulted in over 190 deaths, hundreds of injuries, and many missing persons.

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In part, the petition stated: “There is a reasonable basis to assume that crimes falling under the purview of the ICC and international law have been committed in the course of the ongoing conflict in Plateau State.

“These accusations are also serious enough for your Office to request a written statement and preliminary investigation.

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“Your engagement in the Plateau State problem would illustrate your frequently stated commitment to bolster international rule of law for the good of all people.

“The Rome Statute’s emphasis on victims provides a crucial foundation for advancing human rights in Plateau State through the ICC.”

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