African Climate Reality Project stands in solidarity with our fellow Nigerians – our network of Climate Reality Leaders, human rights defenders, and all those condemning and demanding an end to the violence and excessive use of force against peaceful protestors by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
We recognise that recent events and protests to #EndSARS occurring across Nigeria are not new nor isolated. Instead, the recent attacks against protestors and excessive use of force is a stark reminder that Nigerian authorities continue to show complete disregard for and undermining of fundamental human rights such as the right to peaceful protest, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly, all of which are enshrined in the country’s constitution.
As an organisation fighting for climate justice in Africa, we have the responsibility to speak out against human rights violations. There can be no climate justice without justice in the form of human dignity, equality, security and freedom. We are committed to working with our partners and Climate Reality Leaders across the continent to speak out against the abuse of power by elected representatives and systems that continue to perpetuate violence, human rights violations, and excessive use of force; and to work together to dismantle these systems.
We are deeply saddened and disturbed by these events, and offer our condolences to all those whose lives or the lives of loved ones have been affected. If you are able, we urge you to support the organisations working-on-the-ground right now to protect and defend Nigerian’s right to peaceful protest, including Amnesty International Nigeria, Human Rights Watch, and Frontline Defenders.
Our mission to promote a just transition to a low-carbon, sustainable development pathway for Africa is only possible, and therefore hinges on, our ability to stand in solidarity and fight for basic human rights for every individual on our continent.