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Topic: Boko Haram

October 23rd, 2015

Baroness Cox addresses violations of religious freedom in Nigeria and Azerbaijan in the House of Lords

Yesterday (22/10/2015), Baroness Cox spoke in a short debate in the House of Lords concerning Article 18 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights – ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.’ Violations of freedom of religion are prolific in many of the countries in which HART works....

September 7th, 2015

Nigeria Situation Briefing: February – August 2015

Previous HART Intern, Elisabeth Pramendorfer, has prepared a comprehensive briefing documenting the humanitarian situation in Nigeria between February and August 2015. You can download it in full at the bottom of this page. Key  developments   • Muhammadu  Buhari   won  the  presidential  elections  (first  democratic  elections  with   an  opposition   candidate  succeeding)  in  March  2015  and  was  inaugurated  as  President  in  May  2015....

June 22nd, 2015

The plight of Nigerian Refugees and Internally Displaced continues as Boko Haram insurgency grows | HART Blog Series for World Refugee Day

In this second blog post for our World Refugee Day blog series, Elisabeth discusses the consequences of increasing Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria on displacement. To view other blogs in the series, please click here.  Daily, sometimes hourly, international media coverage reports dramatic events from northern Nigeria and beyond, including suicide attacks, destruction of villages and abduction of civilians on behalf of the Islamist militia Boko Haram....

June 1st, 2015

The vicious cycle of conflict in northern Nigeria

Andrew Barlow assesses the relationship between the escalating Boko Haram insurgency and Nigeria’s vast inequality.   ‘And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honour and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand[i]....

November 6th, 2014

Recent attacks in northern states pose “a serious threat to the nation of Nigeria”, according to Baroness Cox

For Immediate Release (London, November 6, 2014) – Following Boko Haram’s dismissal of a ceasefire with the Federal Government last week, there has been a surge in violent attacks in northern Nigeria. The escalation in violence over the course of 2014 – which has been the deadliest year since the start of the group’s insurgency – looks set to continue....

October 31st, 2014

Baroness Cox raises question on developments in Northern Nigeria at the House of Lords

On Thursday October 30th 2014, Baroness Cox raised a question in the House of Lords on the recent developments in Nigeria. The Baroness asked “Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent developments in Nigeria, with particular reference to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram.” The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Anelay of St Johns, acknowledged the serious threat posed to Nigeria by Boko Haram, highlighting that “more than 3,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram this year and more than 1.5 million people have been displaced.” Moreover, the Minister reported the government’s awareness of “reports that Nigerian authorities have agreed a ceasefire with Boko Haram and are in ongoing negotiations.” The minister also mentioned the government’s knowledge of “reports of Boko Haram attacks since the ceasefire announcement.” The government, Baroness Anelay concluded, is “[monitoring] events closely.” Baroness Cox then brought to the Peers’ attention that, having visited areas afflicted by Boko Haram’s insurgency, “the scale of suffering to which [the Minister] refers massively exceeds that reported by the media.” She highlighted that “this year alone 2,000 women and girls have been abducted”, a figure that includes “the widely publicized kidnapping of the schoolgirls at Chibok”....

October 24th, 2014

Past and Present: Boko Haram in Historical Context

Nigeria is no stranger to religious and ethnic conflict. The militant Islamist group Boko Haram is the latest in a long line of fundamentalist groups and movements that have existed in Nigeria over the centuries. This is not to say however that the country is destined to be a battleground for those who carry out brutal killings and punishment against Christians, moderate Muslims and others alike, all in the name of a narrow, violent and perverse interpretation of Islam....

October 10th, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (10/10/14)

News from HART • HART has signed a joint letter written by the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, in coordination with 15 other South Sudanese organisations and with the support of 5 international non-governmental organisations, to the African Union’s Commission of Enquiry regarding arms flows into South Sudan....

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....

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....
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