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    Tuesday, 24 May 2016

    Niger to hand over Boko Haram fighters to ICC

    The Niger Government has arrested scores of Boko Haram militants and would hand them over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), President Mahamadou Issoufou, has said.
    This is contained in a document from the World Humanitarian Summit, ongoing in Istanbul, Turkey, made available to reporters in New York.
    It indicated that Issoufou spoke on Tuesday during a high-level leaders’ round table titled: “Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity.”
    He said the Nigerien government would ensure the militants are tried by the ICC.
    “This is something that all countries should do,” he said.
    The best way to protect civilians, he added, was to ratify humanitarian conventions.
    “Political, military and administrative authorities must be aware of pledges made by Governments and of the sanctions provided for under those conventions, ” he added.
    Issoufou added that all countries must take on commitments to strengthen respect for international humanitarian law and human rights instruments, as well as guarantee that populations in need received humanitarian aid.
    He said that Niger faced multiple humanitarian issues, including population displacement due to terrorists’ attacks.
    The president, according to the News Agency of Nigeria ((NAN) said Niger had ratified the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
    Also speaking, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ján Eliasson said: “International humanitarian law and human rights are under assault around the world.”
    Eliasson said civilians were being indiscriminately killed, while summary executions, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances and torture were daily realities.
    “Lives are being shattered by sexual violence.
    “Indeed, more than 150 years of achievements to protect the most vulnerable during conflict were unravelling.
    “The Geneva Conventions seem to have been forgotten,” he said.

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