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Women's rights called against terror fight

02 July 2014, 20:29

Lagos - The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has called on the Government and the international community to place respect for women's and human rights at the heart of their strategy against the Boko Haram.

The France based organisation bemoaned that women were among the groups that bore the biggest brunt to the incessant terror that unleashed in the country.

"The fact that they kidnap women is significant of the reactionary, sexist and domineering nature of Boko Haram. The group pushes to its extreme consequences an unacceptable vision of the role of women in society. Our organisation calls on the Government of Nigeria and the international community to include in its fight against Boko Haram political, social and Human Rights considerations" declared the President of FIDH, Karim Lahidji at the close of the organization's International Board meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting came more than two months after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls at Chibok as well as the latest Boko Haram attack that took place in Maiduguri this week which killed 15 people.

Last month, Boko Haram attacked several isolated villages, in the State of Borno and reportedly abducted around another 60 women and girls, and 31 young boys. With this new attack, the number of women abducted during the last two months reaches 250, over 300 persons in all, FIDH stated.

The Secretary General of FIDH, Alice Mogwe said respect for human rights in the fight against Boko Haram is essential for the long term elimination of the causes of terrorism.

"Ensuring respect for women's rights and the economic development of the regions where the sect is active would contribute to the eventual cessation of Boko Haram's activities," she said.

The organization said it would continue to raise the issue of Boko Haram's crimes with Nigeria and the international community.

- CAJ 


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