UN: Why sexual violence against IDPs is not reported

Cases of sexual violence against women and children in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the North-East are not reported because some cultures do not allow them to speak out, United Nations human rights experts have revealed. 

The experts, UN Special Rapporteurs on sale of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, on slavery, UrmilaBoola, and on right to health, Dainus Pūras, visited IDP camps in the North-east to examine the measures already put in place to assist in the rehabilitation and re-integration of the women and children who escaped or were liberated from Boko Haram captivity.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja at the end of their five-day visit, the experts said there is high number of unaccompanied children who face specific vulnerabilities and risks such as sexual exploitation. They said a protection gap was evident, especially in terms of access to justice for women and girl victims of Boko Haram, noting that cultures should not be used as a pretext for not addressing human rights violations and punishing criminals. The experts said those who commit crimes against vulnerable women and children should be brought to justice. 

They said there was also an urgent need for effective measures to address stigma, ostracism and rejection by families and communities of women and children who have been associated with Boko Haram because of their captivity.  

Source: http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/general/un-why-sexual-violence-against-idps-is-not-reported/130334.html

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