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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.



Noticias/derechos humanos

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.

A un año del caso Tlatlaya
El experto de la ONU Christof Heyns insta a las autoridades mexicanas a considerar nuevas pruebas relacionadas con la muerte de 22 personas ocurridas hace un año una operación militar.

Torture prevention visits
UN torture prevention body announces 10 planned visits for 2016 - Chile, Cyprus, Romania, Tunisia and Ukraine in first half of the year.

Boko Haram
"The violations committed by Boko Haram are extensive and far-reaching, demanding a response of commensurate magnitude," says High Commissioner Zeid at the 29th session of Human Rights Council.

Joint statement on South East Asia
Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM, the SRSG for Migration and Development and UNODC calling for a comprehensive people-oriented approach to the irregular movement of migrants and refugees in South East Asia.

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