• The aftermath of a bomb explosion on April 14 that killed more than 71 people in a bus station near Nigeria's capital city of Abuja.
    Escalating violence across five states in central Nigeria has killed more than 1,000 people since December 2013. The failure of Nigerian authorities to investigate the attacks or bring those responsible to justice is likely to exacerbate the cycle of violence in the conflict-prone north central region.

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  • Apr 20, 2014
    The bomb explosion in Abuja last Monday provided one of the most gruesome images yet in Nigeria’s battle against extremist violence in its northern region. The pieces of metal from exploded vehicles and patches of human flesh had hardly settled when the spokesperson for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) released a media statement blaming the attack on political opponents, but without publishing a single piece of evidence to support this grave accusation.
  • Apr 15, 2014
    Escalating violence across five states in central Nigeria has killed more than 1,000 people since December 2013. The failure of Nigerian authorities to investigate the attacks or bring those responsible to justice is likely to exacerbate the cycle of violence in the conflict-prone north central region.
  • Mar 14, 2014
    Attacks since the beginning of 2014 by Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group, in over 40 villages in northeastern Nigeria, have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. People forced to flee their homes are dispersed throughout Nigeria and in neighboring countries, where they face serious problems in accessing food, water, shelter, and other basic rights.
  • Jan 16, 2014
    The bomb blast in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, on January 14, 2014, illuminates the price citizens are paying in the intensifying unrest in northern Nigeria. The bombing, which appears to have been directed at local residents by the Islamist insurgent movement, Boko Haram, is an assault on the basic tenet of the right to life. It killed about 40 people and wounded 50.
  • Jan 14, 2014
    The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill signed into law on January 7, 2014, by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria is a sweeping and dangerous piece of legislation, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Dec 12, 2013
    Nigeria’s government has largely ignored years of mass murder in Plateau and Kaduna states in central Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said in a report. The new report catalogues horrific sectarian violence in these two states, which has left more than 3,000 people dead since 2010.
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  • Oct 6, 2013
    Governments around the world should immediately sign the new, groundbreaking Minamata Convention on Mercury, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials around the world will meet in Kumamoto, Japan beginning October 7, 2013, to formally adopt the treaty. Once adopted, it will be opened for signature and ratification.
  • Jul 2, 2013
    A committee set up by the Nigerian government to develop an amnesty framework for members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram should exclude serious crimes that violate international human rights law, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the committee made public . Instead, the Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North should demand accountability for these crimes.