Nigeria: Crimes against Humanity

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the findings of the report by Amnesty International ‘We dried our tears’: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria’s conflict, published on 27 May, that the Nigerian armed forces have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during their operations.

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We are concerned by the reports of abuse, and of children being held in military detention facilities, detailed within Amnesty International's Report, 'We Dried Our Tears'. Children are victims of the conflict in North East Nigeria, not perpetrators.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State with responsibility for Human Rights, discussed the report with Amnesty International UK's Director on the day of its launch. Our High Commission will raise the details of this report with the Government of Nigeria imminently. The UK will continue to call on the Nigerian security forces to respect human rights, including the rights of children and abide by international humanitarian and Human Rights Law. All allegations of human rights violations or excessive use of force should be investigated and those responsible for any violation must be held to account. It is essential that victims can have trust in, and are protected from, their security forces.

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