Beyoncé is speaking out as protesters in Nigeria call for the end of the police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS.
“I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria,” the singer wrote in a text post on Instagram.
“We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter. To our Nigerian sisters and brothers, we stand by you.” She then called for her followers to visit Beyonce.com to see a list of organizations to support.
The movement calls for an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial unit of the Nigerian police force, which human rights groups have blamed for widespread abuses, including torture and killings.
The protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers from the squad.
Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage, who worked with Beyonce on her visual album Black Is King, had called on the star and her team to use their voices and platforms to raise awareness about the situation in the country.