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Germany bemoans Boko Haram sexual violence

14 October 2015, 15:08Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Minister of State at the Germany Federal Foreign Office, Maria Böhmer, has called on the international community to strengthen the fight against sexual violence amid the Boko Haram insurgents perpetrating such violations.

Speaking against the backdrop of the United Nations Security Council debate to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, Böhmer said women needed special protection from violence in armed conflict.

“Enslavement, forced marriage and the rape of girls and women perpetrated by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria show all too clearly that the abuse of women is a routine aspect of power politics in many places,” she said in a statement her office made available to CAJ News.

She said stakeholders needed to intensify the fight against conflict related sexual violence.

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“We need to put an end to the culture of impunity and call the perpetrators to account for war crimes.”

On October 31, 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. It defines political guidelines for gender sensitive peace and security policy.

In Nigeria, the Boko Haram sect has violated the rights in a reign of terror that includes rape.

It has been reported thousands of females, including the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok last year, have been violated.




- CAJ News


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