Past eventResearch Event

Terrorism, Insecurity and Human Rights in Nigeria

26 November 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Chatham House, London


Eric Guttschuss, Researcher on Nigeria, Human Rights Watch
Lucy Freeman, Deputy Programme Director for Africa, Amnesty International
Chair: Titilola Banjoko, Nigeria Leadership Initiative



Increasing terrorist activity across northern and central Nigeria has left over a thousand people dead and thousands more living in a climate of fear. As security agencies have sought to respond to the Boko Haram threat, ordinary Nigerians living in target areas have been exposed to violence and human rights abuses.

Eric Guttschuss, author of the Human Rights Watch report Spiralling Violence: Boko Haram Attacks and Security Force Abuses in Nigeria, and Lucy Freeman, author of the Amnesty International report Nigeria: Trapped in the Cycle of Violence, will discuss crimes committed by Boko Haram and similar extremist organizations and the role of Nigeria’s security forces in an escalating cycle of violence and human rights abuses.