December 21, 2014
UN, UK condemn Nigerian schoolgirls abductions
The UN and the British government condemned Islamist militant group Boko Haram for the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria last month and pointed out the need for close cooperation for the release of the girls.
The United Nations warned Boko Haram militants that there was no statute of limitations if they carried out their leader's threat to sell the schoolgirls.
"We warn the perpetrators that there is an absolute prohibition against slavery and sexual slavery in international law. These can under certain circumstances constitute crimes against humanity," UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.
"That means anyone responsible can be arrested, charged, prosecuted, and jailed at any time in the future. So just because they think they are safe now, they won't necessarily be in two years, five years or 10 years time," he said
The UK, in turn, offered to help Nigeria secure the release of the abducted schoolgirls.
"We are offering practical help," Hague told reporters as he arrived for a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna to discuss ways to defuse the situation in Ukraine.
"What has happened here... the actions of Boko Haram to use girls as the spoils of war, the spoils of terrorism, is disgusting. It is immoral," he said.