Falana wants Amnesty International to demand justice in the Israel-Hamas conflict

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Mr Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has charged Amnesty International of leading the human rights community in demanding justice in the Israeli-Hamas conflict.

Falana, a human rights campaigner, made this claim at an Amnesty International media conference in Lagos on Thursday.

He praised Amnesty International for its work but accused it of hypocrisy when it came to atrocities committed by Western nations and Israel.

“Two terrorist organizations, Hamas and the Israeli government, two terrorist institutions, have continued to kill unarmed civilians, innocent people, even though Hamas has refused to apologize for its actions.”

“Isreal is prosecuting, with the support of the United States and other Western countries, an agenda to destroy unharmed people, including children.”

“There have been mass feelings of children, to the point where you cry when you watch the news and see how children are being killed.”

“You cannot defeat a terrorist organization by using violence; instead, you must address the crisis that led to the organization’s formation.”

“The Geneva Convention prohibits collective punishment on a global scale,” Falana stated.

He emphasized that Israel’s actions in waging war on Hamas in Gaza amounted to crimes against humanity and genocidal activities.

According to the SAN, if the incident had occurred in the opposite direction, the West would have requested the Israeli prime minister’s arrest through the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“Compare the atrocities committed in Gaza thus far to the Ukraine crisis.” What did Putin do to warrant his detention by the ICC, which is controlled by the West?

“However, no one has even suggested that Prime Minister Netayanhu be arrested, let alone charged.” “Amnesty International must lead the human rights community in demanding justice for Israel,” he stated.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that has governed Gaza since 2006, have declared war in the most major escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in decades.

On October 7, Hamas fighters launched missiles into Israel and assaulted southern Israeli cities and towns across the Gaza Strip’s border, killing over 1300 Israelis, wounding 3300, and kidnapping hundreds.

The strike caught Israel off guard, and while immediately mounting a lethal reprisal operation, the Israeli cabinet formally declared war on Hamas one day after the Oct. 7 attack.

In Nigeria, Falana stated that the media and citizens had a significant role to play in putting an end to human rights violations such as wrongful arrest and incarceration.

He stated that Section 34 of the Administration of Human Justice Act and Section 70 of the Police Establishment Act required chief magistrates to visit all police stations in their magisterial district at least once a month.

“During the visit, the magistrate may grant bail, order the release of individuals, or charge individuals in court.”

“If that occurs on a monthly basis in our country, and all 5000 police stations are visited by their magistrates, illegal arrest and detention will be a thing of the past today.”

“The same is true for other detention facilities.”

“Under the same laws, the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court shall appoint judges to visit all other detention facilities, including those run by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), or the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), as well as military detention centers.”

“One thing we haven’t mentioned or fully comprehended is the role the media played in bringing corruption to a halt in the 1970s.” There was no EFCC or ICPC. Falana stated, “The media must live up to its reputation.” (NAN)

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