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