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INVESTIGATING SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT SITUATION A SERIOUS CHALLENGE --- NHRC

Posted: 2018-10-10


NHRC Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu says that investigating allegations of sexual violence especially in a conflict situation constitutes a serious challenge.

The situation he said is made more difficult owing to the social stigma associated with the crime which makes it difficult for victims to provide evidence.

Ojukwu stated this in Abuja over the weekend while receiving a delegation from the office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict led by Ms Sofia Coelho Candeias in his office.

The team was at the Commission to inquire among other issues about the Amnesty Report claim of Sexual Violence taking place in IDPs camps in the North East.

According to the Executive Secretary as soon as the report was made public the Commission swung into action by setting up a panel to thoroughly investigate the complaints but regretted the poor response from both the victims and members of the society.

"We even placed advertorials in newspapers calling for memoranda or any information that will assist the Commission in establishing the veracity of the claim but nobody came up" He said.

Ojukwu said the Commission is willing to collaborate with any organisations including Amnesty International to investigate any allegations of sexual violence taking place especially in the IDPs camps.


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