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Rapid Response Roundtable: Protests in Nigeria – Virtual Program

November 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Over the past several weeks, protests have erupted around Nigeria calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an elite police unit long accused of violent harassment and human rights abuses. Despite the disbandment of the unit days later, the protests continued, with protesters demanding broader reforms in Nigerian society and government. In addition, these protests have turned violent, with dozens killed and curfews imposed across Nigeria. What are the implications of these protests, and how do they tie into broader geopolitical issues around the region? Join the World Affairs Council on Monday, November 2 from 12:00-1:00 PM PDT for a rapid response roundtable discussion with Anietie Ewang, Nigeria Researcher at Human Rights Watch, on the Nigerian protests against police brutality.

This is a free members only event and registration is limited to allow a roundtable discussion. Only current Council members can be approved for registration. Members who register outside of business hours will see their approval come through the following business day. The link to join the program will be sent the morning of November 2.

About the Speaker
Anietie Ewang is the Nigeria Researcher in the Africa division. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) Nigeria. Anietie has also worked at the Initiative for Social Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice. She volunteers with local women’s groups to promote economic empowerment for indigent women in Nigeria.

Anietie holds an LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She was also a visiting scholar at Columbia University and a research scholar at Makerere University, Uganda.

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