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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Al Green (TX-9)

(Washington, D.C.) – On Thursday, December 17, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement calling for H.Res. 1216 to be brought to the House Floor for a vote:   

“I must thank Congressman McGovern, Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, for inviting me to speak before the Commission regarding my resolution, H.Res. 1216. Introduced by myself and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) five weeks ago, this resolution supports the #EndSARS peaceful protest movement in Nigeria and condemns the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters by Nigeria’s security forces,” expressed Congressman Al Green. “Today, as I speak before the Human Rights Commission, I am reiterating that condemnation. Because H.Res 1216 concerns life and death issues, I will call for this resolution to be brought to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.”

Congressman Al Green continued, “By passing H.Res. 1216, our nation will send a powerful message to the world, and especially to the people of Nigeria, that our voices will not be muted when such gross violations of human rights are taking place. According to Nigerian, African, and international law, Nigerians have a right to assemble and peacefully protest. Black lives matter wherever they may be in the world, and it is up to all of us to stand in solidarity with these peaceful protesters so they can safely exercise this right.”

Congressman Joaquin Castro, Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, added, “Congress should immediately pass this resolution and send a powerful message to the people of Nigeria that we stand in solidarity. Both here in the United States and around the world, we must work toward ending police brutality.”