We stand with the par­ents of the girls of Chi­bok

Daily Trust - - VIEWS -

We are ex­tremely con­cerned by the re­cent ab­duc­tion of some 100, 12 to 17-year-old girls who were taken from their school hos­tel in Chi­bok, Borno State, in Nigeria on the night of 14th April. At­tacks against the lib­erty of chil­dren and the tar­get­ing of schools are pro­hib­ited un­der in­ter­na­tional law and can­not be jus­ti­fied un­der any cir­cum­stances.

We urge those who are re­spon­si­ble for their ab­duc­tion to re­lease them un­harmed, and re­turn them safely to their fam­i­lies, where they right­fully be­long.

Schools are and must re­main places of safety and se­cu­rity, where chil­dren can learn and grow in peace. Girls and young women must be al­lowed to go to school with­out fear of vi­o­lence and un­just treat­ment so that they can play their right­ful role as equal cit­i­zens of the world. Women and girls have the right to live free from in­tim­i­da­tion, per­se­cu­tion and all other forms of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

We stand with the Nige­rian people, es­pe­cially the par­ents and fam­i­lies of the ab­ducted girls.

Zainab Hawa Ban­gura, UN Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral on Sex­ual Vi­o­lence in Con­flict; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor; Navi Pil­lay, UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights; Leila Zer­rougui, UN Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for Chil­dren and Armed Con­flict.

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