21 March 2014 Dr. Chidi Odinkalu, Chairman Dr.

Bem Angwe, Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission 19 Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama, Abuja Federal Capital Territory Nigeria Dear Dr. Odinkalu & Dr. Angwe: FORCIBLY EVICTED OGONI FARMERS AND WATERFRONT COMMUNITIES DEMAND FOR THE NHRC HEARING ON DEMOLITIONS/FORCED EVICTIONS TO HOLD IN PORT HARCOURT Our attention has been drawn to the ongoing sitting of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Port Harcourt to entertain the petition of the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi, against the former Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, over alleged rights violations in Rivers State. On 25-26 September 2013, Social Action joined a number of other organizations – Ogoni Solidarity Forum (OSF), the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC), the Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), the Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP), and Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN) – in filing two petitions regarding forced evictions and other egregious rights violations against Ogoni communities and the Abonnema Wharf Waterfront community. In the nearly six months since, we have received no formal notice of when the longawaited public hearing on forced evictions and demolitions will sit. The only information has been announcements in the news media that the public inquiry will not sit in Port Harcourt, but rather in Enugu for all the South-South and Southeast Zones. We frown on the NHRC’s acceptance to sit in Port Harcourt to entertain the Governor Amaechi vs Mbu petition while asking poor Ogoni farmers and waterfront community people to wait indefinitely, without information, for their cases to be heard. Worse, the NHRC seems to be ready to ask poor people who have been forcibly evicted from their homes and farmlands and who have had their livelihoods destroyed by the Rivers State Government to pay their way to attend their hearing in Enugu. Social Action, OSF, the other co-petitioning organizations, together with and on behalf of the forcibly evicted Ogoni farmers and waterfront communities who have signed

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