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Nigerian Army, Boko Haram Indicted For Human Right Violation And War Crimes -ICC

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The Office of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has pinpointed 10 possible cases of human rights violations and war crimes in its end of the year report on preliminary examination activities.

According to ICC, Nigeria has been listed among 11 countries where its security forces and the three factions of insurgent groups operating under the popular name of Boko Haram of committing war-related crimes.

The report identified seven possible cases that could be brought against Boko Haram insurgents and three possible cases that could be pressed against Nigerian authorities.

In an end of the year report on preliminary examination activities, the ICC prosecutor listed Nigeria among 11 countries being probed for alleged war and international human rights crimes.

Other cases being investigated alongside that of Nigeria include those in Venezuela, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Palestine, Republic of Philippines, Ukraine and Bangladesh/Myanmar.

Nigeria is among those in phase three of the investigation stages dealing with admissibility, which is the last stage before the conclusion of investigation under the ICC processes.

Nigeria ratified the ICC instruments in 2001, giving the international court jurisdiction over international human rights crimes committed on the territory of Nigeria or by its national.

The report, dated December 5, 2019, explained that the office of the prosecutor has examined information regarding a wide range of alleged crimes committed in Nigeria, since 2010.



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