Saturday, September 18, 2021

Twitter ban: Commonwealth places Nigeria on watchlist

The organization is keeping an eye on violations of the right to freedom of speech, access to information, the media blackout, and the rule of law.

Following Nigeria’s Twitter ban, which took effect on June 4, 2021, the Commonwealth has placed the country on its blacklist for the suspension of the microblogging platform.

The organization is keeping an eye on violations of the right to freedom of speech, access to information, the media blackout, and the rule of law.

Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General, emphasized that as one of the Commonwealth Charter’s key values and principles, all member countries must respect freedom of expression.

Her remarks came after the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) requested the Commonwealth to hold the Nigerian government accountable on June 5, 2021.

Roger Koranteng, Officer in Charge, Governance and Peace Directorate, signed Scotland’s letter to SERAP.

Scotland, while responding to this, she noted

This underscores a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights covenants and international instruments.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has been following the developments in Nigeria very closely and she is engaging the relevant stakeholders.

Please be assured that the Secretariat will remain engaged with the authorities in Nigeria and encourage a speedy resolution of this matter.

The order came after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was removed because it broke Twitter’s guidelines, according to the company.

Citizens and TV outlets who continue to tweet also have been threatened with penalties by the federal government.

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