Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Thursday accusing the Nigerian military of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during its fight against Islamic insurgency Boko Haram.
The 89-page report [AI report], which is based on hundreds of interviews, gives accounts of abuses including rape, torching villages and indiscriminate killings.
With the support of the US, Great Britain and France, Nigeria has fought against Boko Haram and its more powerful off shoot, Islamic State West Africa, in a war that has killed more than 30,000 people and created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. People were often detained without food or water, which would often result in death. Many women, who are often held without charge for six months to two years, are forced to exchange sex for food and supplies.
A statement from the presidency [Reuters report] claims AI’s report lack credibility and that it is a false report based off of fictitious rape allegations. Last August, a presidential inquiry was established but those finding have not been made public.
Journalists, aid organizations and rights groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], have been documenting and reporting military abuses and other war crimes for years with little action from the Nigerian government.