CNA Staff, Jul 8, 2020 / 06:00 am
A new report Wednesday urged the U.K. to sanction Nigerian officials accused of turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians.
The report, published July 8 by Competere, a trade law and economic policy consultancy, highlighted the persecution of Christians in Nigeria's Middle Belt states. It urged the U.K. government to use new powers to penalize individuals who are complicit in the violence.
Shanker Singham, CEO of Competere, told CNA: "Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced that the U.K. will no longer be a safe haven for those who engage in gross human rights violations. This is to be welcomed."
"The U.K. now has the tools to deal with human rights violations such as those being perpetrated in Nigeria against Christians in the Middle Belt. It is crucial that the full force of U.K. sanctions is brought against Nigerian officials who are guilty of collusion in these heinous acts."