Amnesty International Condemns Suspension Of UNICEF’s Operations In North East
Global human rights organisation, Amnesty International has condemned the suspension of operations of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the North East.
The Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, described the action of the Nigerian Army as an act of intimidation, after it suspended UNICEF operations over allegations of spying and collaborating with Boko Haram terrorists.
“Amnesty International strongly condemns attempts by the Nigerian army to demonise UNICEF’s lifesaving work in the northeast of the country, where the Boko Haram conflict has created one of the deadliest humanitarian disasters in the world,” she said in a statement on Friday.
“We see the suspension of UNICEF as part of a wider drive to intimidate international humanitarian and human rights organisations who are working to save lives in this devastating conflict.”
Ojigho stressed that the suspension of UNICEF would deprive those whose lives have been devastated by the Boko Haram conflict in the region from receiving much-needed humanitarian assistance.
“We call on the Nigerian authorities to reverse the suspension of UNICEF immediately. The Nigerian military should focus on protecting lives rather than smearing NGOs,” she said.