African Commission of people and Human Rights urges Nigeria to stop restricting freedom of expression online.
On 09 June, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa and the Commission’s country rapporteur on the human rights situation in Nigeria sent a joint letter to Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, concerning the recent indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria and the threat of prosecution of Nigerians using the platform. The letter stressed the hazardous and disproportionate consequences that this decision might bring to the preservation of Human Rights in the digital space, such as the right to freedom of thought and access to information online. It also urged the Nigerian government to replace this indefinite suspension with an alternative plan that does not endanger the rights uphold in the African Charter on Human Rights. For further information, please visit: https://www.achpr.org/pressrelease/detail?id=582