CHRIO - Canadian Human Rights International Organization
CHRIO - Canadian Human Rights International Organization

Mass Killings in Baga

CHRIO calls on democratic governments around the world and the government of Nigeria to protect the civilian population and support victims

Monday, February 16, 2015

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CHRIO calls on joint efforts in the fight against the brutalities of the extremists, such as members of Boko Haram.

While the world mourned the death of 17 people at the hands of Islamic extremists who took revenge against the weekly satirical Charlie Hebdo, the past January 7, in France, in the town of Baga, northeast of Nigeria, the Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram, linked to religious extremism, carried out the worst mass killings in the region in years.

The massacre of at least 2,000 innocent people perpetrated by members of that Islamic terrorist organization described as an abominable "carnage of civilians" has been kept silent.

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, was one of the world leaders who condemned the terrorist attack in France, but he did not speak out immediately against the perpetrators of this barbaric act in Nigeria.

This bloody attack has been virtually kept in silence by not generating the same impact in the news media around the world, as it was the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

The massacre in Baga started on January 3 and it was characterized by the lack of information, given the terror imposed by Islamic extremists and the lack of importance given by President Jonathan, who will seek re-election in a few months.

The Unite Nations, the United States and other nations immediately condemned this brutal act, as well as the ideology of Boko Haram.

Nevertheless, it is important to have major pronouncements of repudiation and condemnation against this massacre, as well as the kidnapping of 219 school girls from a boarding school in the city of Chibok on April 15, 2014, and also the kidnapping of 63 women and girls in three villages in the northeast of the country, on July 7, also perpetrated by Boko Haram.

The Canadian Human Rights International Organization (CHRIO), based in Toronto, Canada, urges governments and world bodies, including those in Canada, committed to the defense of human rights around the planet, to have a greater commitment to the protect and promote  human rights in Africa, especially in Nigeria.

CHRIO calls on joint efforts in the fight against the brutalities of the extremists, such as members of Boko Haram. At the same time, it asks the Nigerian Government to investigate these mass murders which are not consistent with democratic practices of civilized nations.

In addition, CHRIO calls upon the Government of President Goodluck Jonathan the implementation of a strong policy to disrupt in Nigerian territory the savagery of the militia group of Boko Haram. Entire villages in Nigeria had been practically "wiped out from the map" in just a few days by Boko Haram. The destruction of these villages is not an isolated event but a crime against humanity.

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