NIGERIA
BRING BACK
OUR GIRLS

Boko Haram has killed and abducted women, girls, men, and boys in northeast Nigeria.

Call on the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada to help secure the release of all those captured by Boko Haram.

NIGERIAN AUTHORITIES NEED TO KNOW THAT WE CONTINUE TO STAND WITH THE GIRLS’ FAMILIES

The abduction of 276 adolescent girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by members of the non-state armed group Boko Haram in April 2014 drew global attention to the rights violations being experienced by women and girls in the context of armed conflict in northeast Nigeria. Over the last four years, 103 girls have been released, 57 have escaped, and 3 more have been found. The remaining 113 girls remain missing.

Girls from other communities in Nigeria have also been abducted. Most notably, 110 girls in Dapchi, Nigeria, were abducted from their school by members of Boko Haram in February 2018; all but one of the girls were subsequently released.

Why have girls been targeted at school? Because they are girls seeking higher education.

UNDER BOKO HARAM'S 
INTERPRETATION OF ISLAM,
GIRLS SHOULD NOT BE EDUCATED

The missing schoolgirls are only a small proportion of the thousands of women, girls, men and boys abducted by Boko Haram over the past few years. Many have been forced into sexual slavery or trained to fight.

Nigerian authorities must do more to safely #BringBackOurGirls, including the remaining Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, the only girl from Dapchi still in captivity. Nigeria must also do more to support past victims.  Girls have a right to live free from gender-based discrimination and violence, and their right to education must be safeguarded.

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Your Excellency,

I am writing to express my concern over Boko Haram’s abduction of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria, including adolescent girls abducted from school in Chibok and Dapchi.

We acknowledge the steps taken by the Nigerian government to halt the attacks by Boko Haram in the region. We urge the Nigerian government to: 

• Increase efforts to ensure the rescue and safe return of all those who have been abducted, in accordance with international legal standards; 

• Ensure support for past victims;

• Take all necessary legal measures to guarantee the safety, security, and protection of civilians and their properties; 

• Ensure safe schools for girls and boys; and 

• Initiate prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigations into allegations of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Boko Haram with the aim of bringing suspects to justice in fair trials that are not subject to the death penalty. 

 

Yours Sincerely,

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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