On Tuesday, 17 November 2009, This Day newspaper in Nigeria reported that Amnesty International Nigeria Secretary General Abubakar Hayatu presented an award to Yobe state Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Goje.  Amnesty International would like to stress that any statements made by “Amnesty International Nigeria” have not been authorized by the organization and should therefore not be attributed to Amnesty International.

 Amnesty International does not have an office in Nigeria, nor any representatives authorized to speak on behalf of the organization in Nigeria. At the moment, the organization does not have any membership groups in Nigeria. As such, Amnesty International does not accept responsibility for the content of any message, statement or report issued by “Amnesty International Nigeria.”
 
Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights campaigning movement that works to promote all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. Amnesty International is impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion, economic interest or religious creed. The organization’s assessment of the human rights situation in any country is based on international human rights law and standards, and is independent of any religious, legal or political system. Amnesty International is solely concerned with the impartial protection of human rights.
 
Amnesty International can be reached for further information on the organization’s work on Nigeria by contacting Eliane Drakopoulos, Amnesty International’s Africa Press Officer, at edrakopoulos@amnesty.org or on mobile: +44 7778 472 109. You may also wish to visit our website, on www.amnesty.org.

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