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September 14th, 2020

Baroness Cox and Co-Signatories Write to Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC Regarding Escalating Violence in Nigeria

  Baroness Cox, alongside 19 co-signatories, has today written to Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC to highlight urgent concerns about escalating violence in Nigeria, where attacks led by Boko Haram, Fulani herders and other Islamist militia continue in northern and central-belt states, with reports of increasing violence in the southeast....

August 21st, 2020

Hundreds Taken Hostage by Jihadists in Raid in North East Nigeria

On Tuesday night, Kukawa town in Borno State was raided by 20 trucks of jihadist militants and hundreds of people are reported to have been taken hostage. Many had only recently returned from refugee camps, with 1,200 returning to Kukawa in early August from camps near the state capital Maiduguri....

July 23rd, 2020

Islamist Militants in Northeast Nigeria Reportedly Execute Five Aid Workers

HART is saddened and concerned by the news that Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria have reportedly executed five aid workers. Multiple news outlets have now reported that the five aid workers abducted last month in north-east Nigeria’s Borno State have been killed, reportedly by jihadists....

July 17th, 2020

Nigeria: COVID-19 and Education

  The number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria continues to rise and has reached nearly 30,000, with the number of deaths at just below 700. Lagos, the country’s largest city, has the highest number of infections with over 10,000, with more than 126 deaths and 1,592 recoveries. ...

July 8th, 2020

Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping: A Forgotten Tragedy?

  The story of the 276 kidnapped Chibok girls is one that was heard around the world. Just over six years after the event, violence in Borno State continues. For five years, a rebel insurgency in north eastern Nigeria had terrorised the region and shut down schools....

July 3rd, 2020

Nigeria and Religious Conflcit

Whilst Nigeria has the biggest economy in Africa, ethnic and cultural divisions continue to spark violence throughout the country. Rampant inequality has led to certain regions, particularly the North East, falling behind the rest of the country in terms of development....

June 17th, 2020

All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Publish Report: Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?

  On 15/06/20 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief published a report entitled Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide? Baroness Cox is the current Co-Chair of the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief....

March 10th, 2020

Baroness Cox receives answer to written question on government assistant for IDPs in Nigeria – 09/03/2020

  Question: Baroness Cox, Crossbench To ask Her Majesty’s Government what humanitarian assistance they are providing to internally displaced people in Nigeria’s northern and middle belt states; and what steps they have taken to protect civilians displaced by conflict in that country....

February 13th, 2020

Baroness Cox: 2019 round up of advocating in the House of Lords

Baroness Cox is the face of HART’s advocacy for the individuals and communities we help. In 2019, through written and verbal questions in the House of Lords, Baroness Cox advocated for Nigeria, Sudan and Syria 52 times, with topics ranging from human rights to sanctions....

January 23rd, 2020

Threat to aid workers in Nigeria remains serious

On 18th January, an entire section of a humanitarian facility in Ngala town, was burned down. Ngala is around 124 km away from Borno state’s capital Maiduguri. It is reported that all humanitarian staff in the facility are safe, however, a few of the vehicles used by the humanitarians to deliver aid had also been burnt....
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