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Bass Responds To Detention Of Omoyele Sowore

October 21, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore.

"I remain concerned by the continued detention of journalist, human rights activist, and founder of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore.  Mr. Sowore was arrested on August 3rd ahead of a planned demonstration against the government.  

"Mr. Sowore has the right to exercise freedom of expression and protest for change in a peaceful manner; he also has the right to peacefully assemble and voice opposition to the government.  The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental human right guaranteed under both Nigerian and international law.

"I stand with the human rights and international community in declaring that the continued detainment of Mr. Omoyele Sowore is a flagrant violation of his human rights.  I also stand with the international community in urging the AU and UN Special Rapporteurs to secure his immediate release from detention."