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 Some of the women and children rescued from insurgents by Nigerian troops, in Sambisa forest, Nigeria, 30 April 2015 © EPA/STR

In April 2015, the Nigerian military freed 200 girls and 93 women from the hands of Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest. The ‘Chibok Girls’ were not among them. 
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Zeid to Human Rights Council: “Boko Haram retains capacity to cause significant harm”

For six years, the extremist group Boko Haram has fought a campaign of terror in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, that recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant, is now crossing borders to attempt to form its own caliphate grouping the countries of the Lake Chad Basin.

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the Human Rights Council that the coalition of armies in the region that are fighting to push back Boko Haram must do so in total respect for international humanitarian and human rights law.

“As the Nigerian Government and regional forces continue to gain territory, I believe it is time to give proper consideration to the need for a profound policy response that is grounded in the need for accountability and reconciliation, with measures to promote socio-economic rights and improve governance,” he said.



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 Eritrean refugees sleep on the sidewalk of a street as they wait for help from UNHCR in Sana’a, Yemen, 03 May 2014. © EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Eritrea UN Commission of Inquiry: “time for true commitment and real change”

Gross human rights violations, repression and a life lived in fear is forcing thousands of Eritreans to flee their country of origin, finds UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea.



 A man and a woman use their smartphones as they wait at a train station in Bangkok, Thailand, May 2015 © EPA/ NARONG SANGNAK

Human rights, encryption and anonymity in a digital age

Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, says States must respect privacy in digital communications to safeguard individuals’ freedoms of speech and opinion.



Actualités des droits de l'homme

Chine / nouvelle loi sur la sécurité nationale
Le Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l'homme fait part de sa profonde préoccupation face aux conséquences en matière de droits de l’homme de la nouvelle loi sur la sécurité nationale adoptée par la Chine le 1er juillet 2015.

China and international lending
UN expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky urges China to fully incorporate the UN human rights Guiding Principles on business and foreign debt into its foreign lending and financial assistance.

Cuba / US embargo
The new UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, hails US-Cuba recent diplomatic progress and calls for the US embargo to be lifted.

Maya people’s rights in Belize
Recent actions by the Government of Belize show troubling disregard for Maya property rights, warns the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Tlatlaya case, a year on
UN expert Christof Heyns urges the Mexican authorities to consider new evidence recently released in the investigations into the death of 22 people that took place in Tlatlaya a year ago.

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