The United Nations Security Council has said it is concerned over the activities of Boko Haram insurgents and its attendant security and humanitarian crisis in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.
According to the UN Security Council, it was regrettable that Central African countries were beset by ongoing terrorist activity, instability and the effects of climate change.
The council therefore asked the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to review the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), and recommend areas for improvement.
The statement reads: “The Security Council strongly condemns all terrorist attacks carried out in the region, including those perpetrated by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh).
“These attacks have caused large-scale and devastating losses, have had a devastating humanitarian impact including through the displacement of a large number of civilians in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, and represent a threat to the stability and peace of West and Central Africa.
“The Council notes with particular concern the continuing use by Boko Haram of women and girls as suicide bombers, which has created an atmosphere of suspicion towards them and made them targets of harassment and stigmatisation in affected communities, and of arbitrary arrests by security forces.
“The Council emphasises the need for affected States to counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including by addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, in accordance with obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law.”
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