Free Nigerian Activists and Prisoners of Conscience
  • Petitioned Sullivan Chime

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of Enugu State
Sullivan Chime
Chairman Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights
Senator Dahiru Umaru
Attorney General and Minister of Justice
Mohammed Bello Adoke
Attorney General and Minister of Justice
Anthony Ani

Free Nigerian Activists and Prisoners of Conscience

    1. Petition by

      Social Justice Advocacy Initiative (SJAI)

      Lagos, Lao People's Democratic Republic


Osmond Ugwu and Raphael Elobuike are Nigerian labour activists and human rights defenders currently spending their second month in Enugu Federal Prison in South East Nigeria.  They are being detained on charges of attempted murder of a policeman following their arrest at a workers rally on 24th October 2011 at Enugu.

Osmond and Raphael, who Amnesty International regards as Prisoners of Conscience, have both been beaten and tortured during their arrest and while in police custody.  Osmond has suffered considerable physical and psychological harassment and intimidation in the course of his human rights and labour activism. These include punitive transfer and eventual termination of his employment by the government; constant threat to his life, detention and imprisonment. 

As the Chairman of the Enugu state chapter of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Osmond has consistently remained non violence in his human rights activism. As the leader of the Enugu State Workers Forum (EWF), Osmand mobilised workers for strikes, peaceful marches, demonstration and work boycott as a means of achieving their aims.

As fellow fighters for human rights in Nigeria, we are calling on the governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, to immediately release Osmond Ugwu and Raphael Elobuike and drop all charges against them.  Fearing the physical safety of Osmund, who is at risk of possible assasination attempts, we also seek government protection of him.  

Read Amnesty International's public statement 



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    Reasons for signing

    • Trung Nguyen AUSTIN, TX
      • 5 months ago

      Cvil rights activists and labor activists should be protected ...

    • Amanda Evans CHARLOTTE, NC
      • 6 months ago

      These people need to be set free to help their country.

    • Estefania Groppuso ORLANDO, FL
      • 6 months ago

      Peaceful protest is a human right, and is not punishable.

      • 6 months ago

      I support.

    • Scott Walker TUCSON, AZ
      • 6 months ago

      Labor activism and campaigns for human rights should be freedoms that all people worldwide should be able to take part in without fear of retribution and brutal treatment.


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