UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) --
The United Nations expert committee tasked with
monitoring discrimination against women on Wednesday added its
voice to the chorus of condemnation of the abduction of more
than 200 girls from their school in northeastern Nigeria and
called for their immediate release.
The Committee on the Elimination
of Discrimination against Women expressed deep concern about the
fate of the girls, who were abducted on April 14 during a
violent raid by the militant group known as Boko Haram in the
village of Chibok in Borno state.
“The Committee urges Nigeria
to employ all necessary means to obtain the release of the
girls and to bring to justice the perpetrators of this
heinous crime,” the expert body said in a news release.
Nicole Ameline, chairperson of
the committee, said that the body considers that this
large-scale abduction from an educational institution for
enslavement constitutes a direct violation of the Convention on
the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women—worldwide implementation of which the Committee
monitors—and may qualify as a crime against humanity.
According to General
Recommendation No. 30, issued by the Committee in 2013, states
must take measures “to prevent the occurrence of attacks and
threats against school girls and their teachers; and ensure that
perpetrators of such acts of violence are promptly investigated,
prosecuted and punished,” she said.
Also on Wednesday, the high-level
representative of the UN secretary-general to Nigeria, Said
Djinnit, met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in the
capital of Abuja, following his Tuesday meetings with other
senior government officials.
“In these meetings, Mr.
Djinnit explored with his counterparts the role of the UN in
supporting Nigerian efforts towards the safe release of the
girls. He explained that the UN is preparing a package to
support the affected families and the girls after their
release,” UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters
at UN Headquarters in New York.
Meanwhile, the executive director
of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov,
expressed his “revulsion” at the kidnapping of the girls, and
offered his full support to the families and those involved in
seeking to ensure their release.
“I hope that those
responsible for these appalling acts will be swiftly
apprehended, tried and imprisoned,” he said. “It is vital
that we send a clear message to all those who would kidnap,
sell or buy human beings that we will never tolerate such
actions. That, working together, we will do everything in
our power to bring those involved to justice.”
These Nigerian girls were
abducted exactly a month ago in their hostels by gunmen who
stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok Town,
Borno State. Boko Haram, a sect which partly seeks to abolish
Western education in Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the
abduction more than a week ago and threatened to sell off the
Many international bodies had
offered assistance to Nigeria, following the mass abduction. A
worldwide campaign Bring Back Our Girls had also been calling
for the unconditional release of the school girls.
Nigeria, the most populous
country in Africa, is currently grappling with security
challenges, one of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram, which
also seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the
S. African organization
release of kidnapped Nigerian school girls
JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua)-- South
Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League on
Tuesday added their voice to a call for the release of kidnapped
Nigerian school girls.
Islamist militant Boko Haram
abducted more than 200 girls from a school in northern Nigeria
on 14 April.
“The kidnapping of these girls is
a travesty of human rights and justice,” ANCWL President Angie
Motshekga said. “As women of the African continent we need to
come together and combine our efforts until these girls are
home,” she added.
The South African Commission for
Gender Equality (SACGE) is also calling on the African Union
(AU) and international community to act together on the mater.
In a bid to find common strategy
ANCWL will on Friday hold a women’s multi-sectoral workshop of
in Johannesburg to discuss best actions can South Africa
undertake to help Nigeria to bring back the girls.
The workshop will be addressed by
government representatives from the Department of International
Relations and Cooperation ( DIRCO) to ensure plans adopted are
in-line with updated information.
Motshekga said that later this
week a delegation of South African women will be sent to Nigeria
to meet with Nigeria women’s organizations and assist the
release of the girls.
“We are hoping that if we put our
heads together as women we can come up with solutions or ways to
assist Nigerian women in their efforts. These are our daughters
and we need to come together in times like these,” said
On Monday Boko Haram released a
video showing the girls. In the video Boko Haram leader Abubakar
Shekau said the children would be held until all imprisoned
militants had been freed.
South Africa is behind “The Bring
Back Our Girls Campaign” being led by eminent persons across the
globe and endorsed by various nations.
“We cannot allow our communities
to be ruled by fear of terror. A strong message has to be sent
that Boko Haram and other similar bodies have no place in
communities and in the modern world,” SACGE Chairperson
Mfanozelwe Shozi said.
The Boko Haram militants have
been engaged in terrorism activities against the Nigerian
government since 2009.
Sri Lanka slams abduction of
(Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Tuesday, slammed the abduction of over 200
school girls from a Nigerian school which he said has shocked
the conscience of the world and invited universal opprobrium.
The President’s Office said that
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a letter to Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan, has said the incident is reminiscent of a
particularly ignominious chapter in Sri Lanka’s own recent
history, when the Tamil Tiger rebels carried out a systematic
and forcible recruitment campaign of children to its “Baby
Brigade” and coerced them into taking up arms against the
“It is almost a month since
the terrorist group, Boko Haram abducted over 250 female
students from a boarding school in Chibok Town in
north-eastern Nigeria, a situation which I have followed
with much pain of mind. The Government of Sri Lanka
denounces this dastardly act which has shocked the
conscience of the world and invited universal opprobrium.
Terrorism took away all the rights of the young people in
Sri Lanka during that time, and now they have all been
restored through the concerted action of my government,”
President Rajapaksa said.
He also said that Sri Lanka, also
as Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, stands firmly in
solidarity with the government and people of Nigeria, which is a
fellow member, in their relentless efforts to secure the safe
return of these innocent victims of terror and be reunited with
Rajapaksa said the abduction of
girls by the Boko Haram is an abominable act of terrorism,
perpetrators of which should not go unpunished. He said the
incident clearly demonstrates the urgent need for decisive and
concerted efforts by the international community to combat
terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
WCY delegates urge rescue of
kidnapped girls in Nigeria
(Xinhua) -- Dozens of delegates of the
World Conference of Youth 2014 on Friday urged the Nigerian
government and the international community to rescue kidnapped
schoolgirls in the west African country.
The young delegates protested
against the Nigerian government’s failure to take action over
abduction of 234 Nigerian schoolgirls by extremist Islamic group
Boko Haram last month in Chibok, Nigeria.
Claiming the girls as “slaves”,
the group threatened to sell them “in the market” and “marry
“Three weeks has gone since the
kidnap happened,” shouted a delegate. “This is not an issue of
Nigeria, but a crisis of the world.”
The terror incident has already
drawn condemnation and pledges of help from the international
community as the victims’ families and the Nigerian people
demand the group return the girls unharmed to their communities.
It is a peaceful march of young
people to find their responsibilities of the conference to do
something meaningful and sent a message to the international
community, said Aya Chebbi, a delegate from Tunisia, taking a
piece of paper that read “Bring back our girls.”
The incident was not a local
issue, Aya said. “It is not only about Nigeria, it is about
girls all over the world.. We want to use this case to talk
about their rights of security, rights of education and rights
of going to school safely.”
“We want the girls to be found
and be brought home safely,” she told Xinhua, adding the
abductors are not human beings.
Tolulope Daramola, a delegate
from Nigeria, told Xinhua that they “just want to say that these
girls are not animals, they are human beings. We want
international community to rise up and do something. It’s
International women judges
body condemns abduction of Nigerian school girls
Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- The
International Women Judges Association (IAWJ) on Thursday
condemned the recent abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko
Haram, appealing the international community to take practical
actions in addressing the vice.
“Those girls are innocent, as
women judges we condemn this barbaric incident. The children are
denied access to basic rights like education and freedom,” said
Eunice Munuo, the former IAWJ President.
The retired Tanzanian Judge was
speaking in Arusha at the end of the five-day 12th
biennial conference, which kick-started on Monday, this week.
Munuo said IAWJ is very concerned
with what happened to those school girls, calling the
perpetuators to stop from doing the vice.
Three weeks ago more than 200
schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Chibok,
Nigeria, a town in the north-eastern part of the country and 276
girls are still missing.
The girls were taken in the dark
of night from their dormitory when armed men burst into the
Chibok Government Girls Secondary School.
Second Vice President of Zanzibar
Seif Ally Idd also joined hands with women judges, saying what
is happening in Nigeria shouldn’t be tolerated anymore.
Idd said the Nigerian abductions
should be condemned by the entire world and “this is a sign that
women and children are still victims of gender-based violence
across the world and Africa at large.”
Idd urged women judges to take
practical actions in saving the anguishing women from such
During the meeting Teresita
Leonardo De Castro from Thailand was elected as the new IAWJ
President, who replaces her Tanzanian counterpart Eusebia Munuo.
The next IAWJ meeting will be
held in the United States in 2016.