Concerns grow after Boko Haram video claims Nigerian schoolgirls to be soldListen /
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that it is deeply concerned about claims made in a video, believed to be by the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria yesterday, concerning the fate of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, abducted from a school in the northern state of Borno on April the 14th. The man in the video says that the girls will be sold in the market and married off, referring to them as slaves.
Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"We warn the perpetrators that there is an absolute prohibition against slavery and sexual slavery in international law. These can, under certain circumstances, constitute crimes against humanity. The girls must be immediately returned, unharmed, to their families." (14″)
The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has contacted the President of Nigeria and urged the government to ensure that it does everything possible to return the girls safely to their homes and communities.
She has urged authorities to take all necessary measures to protect their people from human rights violations and crimes and says that it's particularly important that the local state authorities and the federal government cooperate fully.
She says that failure to undertake effective measures that are within the authorities’ means to protect people is a violation of human rights.
Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.