UN envoy to assess Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria

UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur, Chaloka Beyani

UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur, Chaloka Beyani

EMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur, Chaloka Beyani,  will next week carry out his first official visit to Nigeria to examine  the situation and human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

During his four-day visit starting Tuesday, Beyani will travel to Abuja and consult with the Government as well as a wide range of other national  and international partners.

This will be with a view to examining the ongoing responses and  challenges, and assisting them to meet their obligations towards IDPs and to support durable solutions for them.

The Special Rapporteur will visit camps for internally displaced persons  in Maiduguri, Borno State. The state is the epicentre of the displacement crisis.

At the end of his visit, the expert will share his preliminary observations with the media in Abuja.

Beyani said the challenges confronting Nigeria and its government were considerable and could not be overstated.

The envoy pointed out the Northeastern part of the country had witnessed an unprecedented increase in violence and the escalation of attacks by  Boko Haram since 2009, which had forced the displacement of more than 2 million people from their homes and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

“I will gather information on situations of internal displacement  including both new and protracted displacement,” said the human rights  expert.

He will also examine the legal, policy and institutional frameworks in  place for prevention of displacement, protection and assistance for IDPs and recovery.

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