BERLIN — The UN’s human rights chief said Wednesday his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters retreating from advancing military forces in Nigeria murdered women and girls they had taken as “wives,” along with other captives.
The recapture of parts of northeastern Nigeria in recent weeks “has brought to light gruesome scenes of mass graves and further evident signs of slaughter by Boko Haram,” Zeid Raad al-Hussein told a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Zeid gave no further details of what he said were multiple reports of fighters killing “their so-called ’wives’ — in fact, women and girls held in slavery — and other captives.” Boko Haram’s reported use of children as “expendable cannon fodder” and human bombs would, if confirmed, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, he said.
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Zeid said there also are “persistent and credible reports” of…
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