There is prospect Nigerian victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa may soon get some justice as a $10 billion reparations suit is being contemplated against the country.
Ms Soyata Maiga, Chairperson, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has agreed to take appropriate action on the request by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) asking the commission to submit a case on the escalating xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other Africans to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and to seek an effective remedy and reparation for Nigerian victims.
SERAP said that the xenophobic attacks constitute serious violations of the human rights of Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa.
The organization also urged the commission to seek in the case to the African Court, punitive damages and adequate compensation of $10 billion (USD) on behalf of hundreds of Nigerian victims and their families. This amount will sufficiently take into account individual harm suffered by victims.