In Nigeria, Christians face systematic persecution.
Thousands of Christians have been killed over the last few years. More than a million people have fled the shocking violence and have become refugees in their own country. As a result, 13,000 churches have been closed or destroyed altogether.
The main perpetrators are members of the ‘so-called’ Boko Haram, a terrorist group that emerged in 2003. Based in north-eastern Nigeria, members are also active in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. The terrorist group’s brutal activities gained wider publicity in 2014 after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a secondary school. 57 schoolgirls managed to escape, while 219 remained in the hands of Boko Haram. They were reportedly forced into marriages, sold into slavery, or presented to individual terrorists as a prize for their service. Non-Muslim girls were forced to convert to Islam. The brutal abduction sparked the global campaign #BringBackOurGirls. However, three years later, the situation in Nigeria has deteriorated and only less than 100 girls have been returned to their families.
In 2016 ADF International filed several reports with the International Criminal Court about the ongoing atrocities against Christians in Nigeria. This horrific violence amounts to both crimes against humanity and war crimes under the Rome Statute. The report outlines Nigeria’s current failure to protect its citizens, and the need for urgent action to be taken by the international community.
The Prosecutor of the Court has been investigating the situation in Nigeria since 2010. Our reports urge the ICC to conclude its preliminary investigations. It clearly demonstrates that the committed crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the Court. Urgent action is needed as the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
- If you are an NGO or an individual and have first-hand reliable information about atrocities committed in Nigeria, please contact: Victims Participation and Reparations Section at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of Public Counsel for Victims at OPCV@icc-cpi.int