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Nigeria suspended from the Commonwealth

1995

Military ruled Nigeria suspended from the Commonwealth after a 'serious violation of the principles set out in the Harare Declaration', including the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and ten others.

Two days after political activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed with ten others in 1995, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) suspended Nigeria from the Commonwealth. In practical terms this suspension excluded Nigeria from receiving any new Commonwealth technical assistance – such as agricultural training which took place in 1993 - and also prevented government representatives from participating in inter-governmental Commonwealth meetings and events. This suspension also acted as a public declaration from the Commonwealth to the Nigerian government and the international community, condemning the undemocratic and human rights abuses which reverberated across the world.