NIGERIA
BRING BACK
OUR GIRLS

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

Call on the Acting High Commissioner in Canada to help secure the safe release of the girls.

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

On April 14, 2014, 276 school girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria by the non-state armed group Boko Haram. They were abducted because they were 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 women, girls, men and boys abducted by Boko Haram. More than 2,000 women and girls, as well as hundreds of men and boys, have been abducted by Boko Haram. Many were forced into sexual slavery or trained to fight. Thousands more civilians were held captive as the group took control of towns in northeast Nigeria between July 2014 and January 2015.

MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN ABDUCTED
BY BOKO HARAM

Fifty-seven of the abducted girls from Chibok have been rescued; the remaining 219 girls and others abducted by Boko Haram have yet to be rescued by the Nigerian government.

Nigerian authorities need to know that the world continues to stand with the girls’ families. Their rights—and the rights of all of Nigeria’s children—to education and to be protected from gender-based discrimination and violence must be safeguarded.

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Your Excellency,

I am writing to express my concern over Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 2,000 women and girls in northeastern Nigeria including the schoolgirls from Chibok, as well as hundreds of men and boys.

Boko Haram has killed and abducted women, girls, men, and boys in northeast Nigeria. We acknowledge the steps taken by the Nigerian government to halt the rising trend of attacks by Boko Haram in the region. We urge the Nigerian government to:

• Increase efforts to ensure the rescue and safe return of the Chibok girls and others deprived of their liberty in accordance with international legal standards;

• 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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