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04.14.2015

GJC Writes Letter to Prosecutor Bensouda on The Imperative to Prosecute the Abduction of the Schoolgirls in Nigeria as Genocide

Dear Prosecutor Bensouda:

As President of the Global Justice Center (GJC), I am writing you on a matter of global concern and singular importance: the duty of your office to prosecute Boko Haram’s gender-based abductions, forced marriages, and conversions of Christian schoolgirls as “the crime of crimes”—genocide.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Boko Haram’s abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, the majority of whom remain in captivity. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), nearly all those abducted were Christian. HRW has also reported a series of abductions, subsequent to Chibok, noting that Boko Haram have been “emboldened” by “[t]he relative ease with which it carried out the Chibok abductions.” The impunity thus far afforded Boko Haram has fueled the continuing and systematic crime of targeted abduction of Christian women and girls.

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