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Carthy speaks out against Nigerian Atrocities in European Parliament

14 January, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking at the Plenary Session in Strasbourg today, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy stated that the atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Baga are “utterly deplorable and called on the international media to ensure the issue receives the maximum publicity to put pressure on world leaders to intervene.

Carthy said:

“It has been a devastating week in Nigeria with fatalities on a horrific scale. Our thoughts are with all who have been bereaved or caught up in the violence.

“The atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Baga are utterly deplorable, they border on the unimaginable.

“More than 2000 people were murdered over the course of a number of days and their government and state security forces were unfit to intervene to save them.

“It should be noted that the Nigerian state is not exempt from responsibility for the recent escalations through a series of deplorable human rights abuses.

“For example, Amnesty International believe that at least 950 suspected members of Boko Haram died as a result of overcrowding, starvation, brutality and extrajudicial executions while in state custody in Nigeria in the first half of 2013 alone.

“Having said that, nothing could possibly excuse the actions of Boko Haram - to strap and detonate a bomb strapped to a child is a vile, indefensible act that has shocked even the most seasoned of conflict observers.

“There is now a moral responsibility on us all as societies to show the same outrage and invest the same resources in addressing the causes and consequences of these atrocities as we would if they were happening anywhere else. And, in a week when this house rightly defended media freedom of speech we must also state that International media organisations have a moral duty to bring the situation in Nigeria to prominent public attention in Europe and across the world. Only then will governments be forced to contribute positively, in a measured manner, to the quest for stability and justice in the region.”

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