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Nigeria: Authorities must act immediately to rescue abducted children and ensure schools are made safer

Amnesty International has documented Boko Haram’s atrocities and targeting of schools since 2012 (library picture) © Mohammed Abdulsamad / The Walking Paradox

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for abduction of over 500 boarding students in Northwest Nigeria ‘Attacks on schools and abductions of children are war crimes’ - Osai Ojigho Responding to Boko Haram’s claim of responsibility for the abduction of more than 500 students from Government Science Secondary School in the town of Kankara, Katsina State, Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “We condemn this appalling attack, which is the latest in a string of grave human rights abuses by Boko Haram. Since 2012 hundreds of teachers, schoolchildren and students have been

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India: Counter-terror raids on journalists and human rights organisations signal 'alarming' escalation in crackdown on dissent

Raids in Jammu and Kashmir conducted based on accusations that the organisations have been using funding from India and abroad ‘for secessionist and terrorist activities’ ‘The authorities are evidently targeting these groups because of their continued work reporting and advocating for the rights of the people in the region, despite a harsh communications blackout imposed last year’ - Julie Verhaar India’s government must immediately halt its intensifying suppression of dissent, said Amnesty International, following a series of counter-terrorism raids on the premises of human rights groups as

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Nigeria: military torches villages as Boko Haram attacks escalate

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Nigerian military’s brutal tactics should be investigated as possible war crimes Analysis of satellite images and fire data reveals whole villages burned down ‘We saw our houses go into flames’ – 70-year-old woman from Bukarti The Nigerian military must be investigated for its brutal tactics against the country’s civilian population, Amnesty International said today, as it released new information and satellite images showing the response to increased Boko Haram attacks. Amnesty has found that the Nigerian military has burned and forcibly displaced entire villages in response to an escalation

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Nigeria: 'deadliest' Boko Haram attack on Rann leaves at least 60 people murdered

Satellite images available At least 60 people were killed following Monday’s (28 January) devastating Boko Haram attack on Rann, a border town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, Amnesty International has confirmed. Amnesty analysed satellite imagery which shows hundreds of burned structures in the town. Many of the destroyed structures only date back to 2017, suggesting they were shelters for internally displaced people who came to Rann seeking protection. Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “We have now confirmed that this week’s attack on Rann was the deadliest yet

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Nigeria: Boko Haram killing of aid worker Hauwa Liman 'a war crime'

Responding to the murder of aid worker Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram, Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “With yet another horrific killing of a humanitarian worker, Boko Haram has again demonstrated its brazen disregard for life. Hauwa Liman was providing desperately-needed humanitarian services to people affected by the conflict in the northeast of Nigeria. Her killing is a war crime. Under international humanitarian law, all aid workers must be protected from attack. “Boko Haram must immediately and unconditionally release the remaining health worker, Alice Loksha. As

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Cameroon’s secret torture chambers

The horrors of Boko Haram have been well documented in recent years, but less reported is the torture inflicted on those accused of involvement with the armed group.

Often without evidence, hundreds of people in Cameroon have been linked to Boko Haram and as a result have been the victims of brutal violations by security forces. They have endured ruthless beatings, agonising stress positions and drownings — some have even been tortured to death.

Cameroon: 'secret torture chambers' used and 'war crimes' committed in fight against Boko Haram

Widespread torture documented at more than 20 sites in Cameroon

Widespread torture - including agonising stress positions, drownings and torture to death- against Cameroonians, often without evidence “We preferred to be killed rather than to confess something that we didn’t know about” – Mohamed*, a tortured detainee Photos and witnesses reveal US and French military personnel stationed at one site; governments must investigate their military’s possible knowledge of torture Hundreds of people accused of supporting Boko Haram in Cameroon are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International can reveal in a new report published today (20 July

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Chibok anniversary a chilling reminder of Boko Haram’s ongoing scourge of abductions

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Nigerian authorities must ramp up efforts to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and thousands of others abducted across the northeast by Boko Haram, said Amnesty International on the third anniversary of the armed group’s chilling abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls. Makmid Kamara, Interim Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “Boko Haram continues to abduct women, girls and young men who are often then subjected to horrific abuses, including rape, beatings and being forced into suicide bombing missions. Sadly, many such abductions go unnoticed and unreported

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Cameroon: Torture, death and abuse of civilians in Boko Haram crackdown in Far North

Up to eight people die each month in overcrowded prison Death sentences handed down in unfair military trials

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Boko Haram Summit: Human rights must be foundation of regional response

Accountability for human rights violations and abuses should be an indispensable part of the regional response to Boko Haram, Amnesty International said today.

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