October saw the resurgence of a collective protest movement across Nigeria calling for the Government to dissolve the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and enact wider reforms within the security sector. A decision by the Nigerian Federal Government to dissolve SARS was seen as a partial victory but protests continued, with the aim of achieving wider security sector reform, an end to impunity, and to improve socio-economic conditions. The movement is global, as diaspora communities have joined in calls for change and greater accountability. A violent response to protestors by authorities at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on the 20th of October 2020 has led to condemnation from the international community.
At this virtual APPG meeting, speakers will discuss how diaspora communities have engaged and continue to engage on issues of reform, justice and accountability in support of social movements in Nigeria, with a particular focus on reporting, evidence gathering and information sharing.
ORGANIZER: Chatham House