Nigeria: Military Detaining Children as Boko Haram Suspects

Author:
HumanRightsWatch
Publisher:
HumanRightsWatch
Publication Date:
29 August 2019
Tags:
Nigeria, Human Rights, Legal and Judicial Affairs

The Nigerian military has arbitrarily detained thousands of children in degrading and inhuman conditions for suspected involvement with the armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Many children are held without charge for months or years in squalid and severely overcrowded military barracks, with no contact with the outside world. Nigerian authorities are detaining children, often based on little or no evidence. Children described beatings, overwhelming heat, frequent hunger, and being packed tightly in their cells with hundreds of other detainees "like razorblades in a pack," as one former detainee said.


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