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Nigeria Agrees to End Military Detention of Children

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Children released from military detention in Nigeria in July 2018. © UNICEF/UN038572/Naftalin In 2019, a colleague and I interviewed dozens of children in northeast Nigeria who had been detained in horrific conditions in a military prison for alleged association with the armed group Boko Haram. The children described beatings, overwhelming heat, frequent hunger, and being packed tightly in cells with hundreds of other detainees “like razorblades in a pack.” Most were never charged and held for months or years with no outside contact. Since 2013, at least 4,000 children…

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