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SA opposition demands AU action on latest Chibok abductions

10 June 2014, 14:22Tinswalo Baloyi

Johannesburg - The South African official opposition condemned the recent condemned the abduction of 20 women in what appears to be another terrorist attack in Chibok, Borno State.

Reports suggest that the women were abducted on Monday, about two months since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls at a government school in the area.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) thus called on the South African government to urge the African Union to prioritise the kidnappings at the upcoming African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place next week.

“The situation is deteriorating and is in desperate need of intervention to ensure that these women and children are safely returned to their friends and loved ones. We trust that the South African government and the AU members at large will recognise the urgency of this matter and finally take some decisive action,” the DA stated.

“As a member of the AU, and widely regarded as a champion of human rights, South Africa has a moral obligation to speak out against acts that violate the rights of vulnerable groups. We also have a duty to ensure that the principle of a human rights-based foreign policy established by President Nelson Mandela is upheld. We urge the South African government to take a stand and ensure that AU Heads of State consider this situation as soon as possible.”

Despite declarations by some military leaders that the army “knew” their location, there has been no sighting of the girls Boko Haram abducted except in videos the terrorists have posted in social media.

– CAJ News


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