Leading QCs demand end to impunity for Boko Haram's genocidal act of terror

14 April 2015

A year on from the abduction of nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls, a group of leading barristers, including human rights experts and Chairman of the Bar Alistair MacDonald QC, has called for action to end the impunity afforded to Boko Haram and their act of genocide.

The letter, published in The Times, was signed by leading QCs including Bar association and committee chairs, as well as by Amanda Pinto QC, Chairman of the International Committee and broadcaster Jon Snow.

Demanding tougher action against Boko Haram, the legal experts pointed out that the forcible transfer of people "is one of five acts explicitly constituting genocide under the Genocide Convention 1948 and the Rome Statute 1998."

They said:

"Despite the compelling evidence, we are apparently no nearer to rescuing the captive girls, nor to bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

"We ask that steps be taken to end the impunity for Boko Haram's abductions based on gender and religious belief.

"The World must continue to send a strong and united message that such crimes will not be tolerated and that international law will be implemented. We urge that justice be provided for the abducted girls of Nigeria."

The full letter is available to read here.

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