May 23, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The United Nations Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution which encourages increased cooperation in preventing the "illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse" of weapons, including small arms and light weapons. The resolution was adopted after a vote of nine in favor and ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls in Nigeria since the start of 2014, Amnesty International (AI) said Monday in a new report detailing the extreme violence and crimes against humanity committed by the group. The 90-page report is entitled: "'Our job is to Shoot, Slaughter and ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A UN report released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential in the fight against sexual violence. ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
There was an "alarming rise" in death sentences around the world in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI said there has been a 28 percent rise in death sentences from 2013—at least 2,466 compared to 1,925— and that an increased number of countries used capital ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Peter Snyder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein reported Wednesday that retreating Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have been murdering woman and girls previously taken captive by the group. Before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, the commissioner relayed reports "that ...[read more]
March 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Nigeria held its presidential and gubernatorial elections Saturday in spite of violent attacks against voters by Boko Haram. The elections, originally scheduled for February 14, were postponed as Nigeria attempted to eradicate Boko Haram after reports that the group had acquired military-grade ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by William Helbling
Girls have been attacked in at least 70 countries for seeking education, according to a new UN report released Monday. The report states, "he educational rights of girls and women are often targeted due to the fact that they represent a challenge to existing gender and age-based systems of ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
At a news conference before the Associated Press on Thursday, activist Yunana Shibkau and Goran Sluiter, an attorney for the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced they have video evidence of 2015 Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari instigating and inciting violence after he ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The UN Security Council on Monday condemned attacks by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and called for an end to terrorist attacks and release of abducted child soldiers. The hostilities include mass killings, destruction of civilian homes and suicide bombings where children where ...[read more]

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