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Amnesty International: Execution of Hauwa must not go unpunished
THE Amnesty International says Boko Haram’s brazen disregard for the sanctity of life which resulted into the execution of Hauwa Leman, a midwife and nurse working in the North East on Monday, October 15, 2018 must not go unpunished.
Hauwa was a humanitarian aid worker working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when she was abducted along with her colleagues, Saifura Ahmed and Alice Ngaddah. Saifura Ahmed was executed in a similar circumstance in September by the terrorists.
— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) October 15, 2018
While condemning what it described as yet another horrific execution, the human rights body noted that “Under the international humanitarian law, aid workers must be protected from attack and must not under any circumstance be targeted.”
“Amnesty International is deeply concerned about yet another horrific execution of a health worker by Boko Haram one month after threatening to do so, ” Amnesty International wrote on Twitter Monday evening.
But Amnesty International did not specify who should take responsibility for punishing the terrorists for the execution.
Hauwa , a 24-year-old midwife at a government health care center supported by the ICRC, and Alice Loksha, a nurse working for UNICEF, were abducted along with another aid worker in March, when militants thought to belong to a Boko Haram faction stormed Rann, a Northeastern Nigerian town where there are tens of thousands of refugees.
The faction, the Islamic State West African Province, which is supported by ISIS, has been responsible for high-profile abductions and propaganda victories, further complicating the security crisis from an insurgency entering its 10th year.
There has been a widespread condemnation of the execution of Hauwa by the terrorists since the news broke Monday evening.