ByÂ Innocent Anaba
LAGOS – The African Commission on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, has ordered the government of Libya to suspend the execution of Nigerians on death row in that country.
The commission is charged with overseeing states partiesâ€™ compliance with their legal obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights.
The commissionâ€™s order followed a petition by a Nigerian civil rights organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), through its lawyer,Â Mr. Femi Falana.
In the Provisional Measures (reference number ACHPR/PROVM/LIB/01/75.09, dated September 9, 2009) signed by Commissioner Bahame Nyanduga, Acting Chairperson of the African Commission, the commission said it is â€œseriously concerned about the allegations that several Nigerians are held on death row, while others are held in prison under inhuman and degrading treatment in Libya.â€
According to Nyanduga,Â â€œI have the honour to bring to the Brother Leaderâ€™s attention, a complaint submitted in terms of Article 55 of the African Charter on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights to the African Commission on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a human rights non-governmental organisation based in Nigeria against the Great Socialist Peopleâ€™s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, on behalf of a number of Nigerian nationals alleging that they are currently held in Libyan jails in contravention of their rights guaranteed by the African Charter.