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October 2nd, 2014

Fear and loathing in Northern Nigeria: Boko Haram and the government’s counterinsurgency problems

Since its birth in 2009, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (translated from Arabic as ‘People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Propagation and Jihad’), the terror organisation commonly known as Boko Haram, has waged a violent campaign against the Nigerian government and its citizens to impose its own interpretation of Sharia law....

August 19th, 2014

World Humanitarian Day – celebrating our #HumanitarianHeroes

The 19th August is World Humanitarian Day, which celebrates the commitment of humanitarian workers around the world. It is also a day to recognise and remember the aid workers who have lost their lives. In 2013, there were 460 attacks on aid workers – an all-time high....

July 11th, 2014

Let’s not forget our girls!

Last month in London we celebrated a global summit to end sexual violence in conflict. It was, in my opinion, a great event that brought an under-recognised issue to the attention of the mainstream media. However, it is important to bear in mind that gender based violence and sexual violence goes beyond officially recognised conflict settings....

May 22nd, 2014

Nigeria: A Case For International Humanitarian Intervention?

  This week marked 5 weeks since hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, a village located in the turbulent region of north-eastern Nigeria. Although initial reporting of the kidnapping was meagre, the world has been stunned and angered by news of events that have emerged in the weeks following the incident....

May 16th, 2014

Nigeria abductions discussed in the House of Lords

  On Wednesday 14th May 2014, Baroness Cox contributed to a question raised by Lord Bach in the House of Lords asking what steps Her Majesty’s Government had taken to rescue the 200 girls kidnapped from Chibok, Nigeria. Baroness Cox asked if the minister was aware that...

April 11th, 2014

The Rise of Fundamentalism in Nigeria

  Nigeria has long been home to people who subscribe to different religious beliefs. Yet, in recent years the conflict between the different religious groups, especially Christians and Muslims, has become increasingly violent and more frequent....

November 12th, 2013

HART Winter 2013 Newsletter

HART’s Winter 2013 Newsletter is now available! Featuring Baroness Cox’s 80th visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, a reflection on our latest trip to Nigeria and an update from Blue Nile State, Sudan, as well as upcoming events and news from our partners… You can download your copy of the newsletter below....

October 8th, 2013

Ethno-religious liberty under attack in Nigeria

Nigeria is a Country where over 800 ethnic groups coexist. However, with the imposition of Sharia, a divide is being created along ethnic and religious grounds. Nigeria’s Constitution prohibits adoption of a State Religion in order to prevent such a division, but in 1999 twelve States out of thirty-six adopted Sharia law, a detailed system of religious Islamic laws which cover all aspects of life....

September 17th, 2013

Report from Nigeria

HART’s visit to Nigeria last week revealed a worrying growth in violence and terrorist activity by militant groups, including the self-avowed Islamist Boko Haram which has declared its intention to drive all Christians out of northern Nigeria....

August 12th, 2013

HART Annual Review 2012

HART’s Annual Review and Financial Statements for 2012 are now available! They include updates from our partners around the world as well as information on our advocacy work. The reports can be downloaded below....
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