Security Council demands Boko Haram disarm and demobilise

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A group of refugees in Diffa, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu

The UN Security Council has demanded that the terrorist group Boko Haram immediately and unequivocally disarm and demobilise.

The President of the Security Council issued a statement which was adopted on Monday by the 15-member body.

It condemned in the strongest terms the escalation in attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, in particular those reportedly involving children coerced to act as suicide bombers.

The Security Council also condemned and deplored all abuses of human rights and international law including kidnappings, killings, hostage-taking, rape and sexual slavery.

In addition, the statement highlighted serious concerns over large-scale displacements of civilian population, including into Nigeria's neighbouring countries.

The Council further reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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