Nigeria: Non-governmental Organisations

Department for International Development written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Nigeria on the closure of humanitarian international NGOs in North-East Nigeria.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are very concerned that the Nigerian Military has closed the offices of Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps in North East Nigeria. We call on all parties to respect their obligations under International Humanitarian Law, including allowing and facilitating the delivery of life-saving assistance to those in need. We have urged the Government of Nigeria to follow due process with the relevant judicial authorities to allow an impartial hearing in accordance with Nigerian Law and to enable the uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian assistance.

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