The civil society organization had in its petition accused Amnesty International of derailing from its goal of protecting human rights into an incendiary and partisan role in Nigeria.
The International Criminal Court has acknowledged the receipt of a petition against Amnesty International by a civil society organization, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET). The international court also said, all consideration appropriate with the provision of the Rome Stature of ICC will be given to the petition.
In an acknowledgment letter dated Friday, September 9, and with reference number OTP-CR+265/1, the head of information and evidence in the office of the prosecutor of the court Mark Dillon said the ICC is now in custody of CESJET’s petition.
“For now, lopsided views, shortsighted and hasty conclusions, some not backed by facts are Amnesty International’s hallmark instead of bold objectivity in the pursuit of its vision.
“No doubt, international law and human norms demand that Nigeria as a state and Nigerians as a people eschew every form of man’s inhumanity to man. Hence perennial cases of police brutality, high-handedness by security officials, a criminal justice system which has failed, with many innocent citizens wasting away in illegal detentions, and state-backed maltreatment of citizens, call for holistic reforms of the structures and institutions of democracy.
“They do this on the strength of Amnesty International’s affirmation that terrorist groups are untouchable by Nigerian government.
“It is obvious that Amnesty International now has a huge credibility problem judging from its inability to find a balance between the civil liberties of people and the national security needs of sovereign independent nations as evidenced in its retreat from its guiding principle that:
“Amnesty International neither supports nor condemns a government policy of using military force in fighting against armed opposition movements, when an opposition group tortures or kills its captives”.