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ICC Note:  A United Nations (UN) report documenting Boko Haram’s barbarism, which includes details about murder of women and children, rape, and using children as suicide bombers and human shields. The report exposes the monstrous evils that the Islamist terror organization continues to inflict on Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.  The report also noted how Nigerian security officials are often hostile towards Boko Haram captives and detain them without any charges.  Because of this, Christians who are persecuted by Boko Haram are often subject to antagonized by Nigerian security forces who are supposed to be serving them.   

By Lisa Schlein

7/1/15, Geneva (Voice of America) – A damning report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights graphically details a pattern of vicious and widespread atrocities committed by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. In an update at the U.N. Human Rights Council of Boko Haram violations, the high commissioner condemns also reported abusive treatment of Boko Haram victims by Nigerian security forces and regional authorities.

The report shows violations committed by Boko Haram remain as extensive and far-reaching as they were when the U.N. Human Rights Council held a special session on the atrocities committed by the militant group in April.

Interviews by U.N. staff with former captives and survivors of Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria present a distressing picture of horrific abuse stretching back months and even years. They include massacres, the burning down of entire villages, torture and abduction on a massive scale, including of children.

U.N. Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said survivors in Nigeria have given anguishing accounts of mass killings of men and boys gunned down or hacked to death by Boko Haram before the female inhabitants of villages were abducted

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