Nigeria Accused of Massive Rights Abuses in Fight against Islamist Insurgency
[An Nahar] Nigerian security forces have committed massive rights violations including summary executions in trying to crush the insurgency by the Islamist bad turban group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Amnesia Amnesty International said Thursday.
In a report, the London based rights groups charged Nigeria's military with carrying out extra-judicial killings and showing "little regard for the rule of law or human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal
" in its campaign against Boko Haram.
"The cycle of attack and counter-attack has been marked by unlawful violence on both sides, with devastating consequences for the human rights of those trapped in the middle," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary general.
Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency is believed to have left more than 2,800 people dead since 2009, including killings by security forces.
Nigeria has deployed special military units to several areas hit hardest by the group, including the northeastern city of Maiduguri, considered the Islamists' base.
Amnesia Amnesty International received consistent accounts of witnesses who saw people summarily executed outside their homes, rubbed out during operations, after arrest, or beaten to death in detention or in the street by security forces in Maiduguri," the rights group said.
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