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Published On: Tue, Jan 20th, 2015

UN Security Council demands immediate release of Chibok girls

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un-logoBy Mashe Umaru Gwamna with agency report

Following the consistent attacks in the North East, the United Nation Security Council (UN), has called on Boko Haram to immediately release the more than 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls in their custody.

The girls who have been abducted since 14 of April last year have been in their camp, and the UN also demands for an end to all violent attacks against Nigeria and its neighbor, Cameroon.

In a statement, the Council also strongly condemned and deplored all abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by the insurgents, since 2009, ‘including those involving violence against civilian populations, notably women and children,’ and demanded ‘the immediate and unconditional release’ of all those abducted by the group, including the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok in Borno State.

The Security Council which condemned, in the strongest terms, the recent escalation attacks conducted by the insurgents, expressed concerns that its activities are undermining the peace and stability of the West and Central African region.

“The Security Council demands that Boko Haram immediately and unequivocally cease all hostilities and all abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law,” Chile’s Permanent

Representative to the UN, Cristián Melet, declared on Monday reading out from a statement approved by the Council.

The UN body’ condemns the terrorist group, Boko Haram for the recent suicide bombings of January 10 and 11 in the towns of Maiduguri and Potiskum as well as attacks in Baga which resulted in the “massive destruction of civilian homes and significant civilian casualties.”

The UN human rights office emphasised last week that the use of a child to detonate a bomb was “not only morally repugnant but constitutes an egregious form of child exploitation under international law.”

According to media reports, some 80 people, many of them said to be children, were abducted on Sunday in Cameroon in one of the biggest Boko Haram kidnappings to take place outside of Nigeria.

The Council’s statement also cited increasing attacks in the Lake Chad Basin region along Nigeria’s borders and noted that some of Boko Haram’s acts “may amount to crimes against humanity.”

 

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