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EL calls for immediate release associated with 50 women and girls abducted in Burkina Faso

The UN human rights chief, Volker Türk, has also called for the perpetrators to be held to accounts.   He also underlined the UN’s commitment to continue working with the West Africa country, and international companions, including to enhance the security of civilians and assistance efforts towards lasting peace.  

‘Spare no efforts’ 

This had made it extremely difficult designed for residents to have access to food, water and other basic goods and services.   Earlier this month, the UN Security Council again heard how nations in West Africa as well as the Sahel continue to face multiple challenges, including “unprecedented” levels of insecurity.   Mr. Türk noted that Arbinda is one of several towns and villages in the north of the country which have been besieged by armed groupings since early 2019.  

UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ 

“I am alarmed that dozens of women to be able to search for food for their households were abducted in broad daylight, in what could be the first such attack deliberately targeting women in Burkina Faso, ” he said in a statement on Mon.   “I call for the particular immediate and unconditional discharge of all the abducted women and for the national authorities to promptly conduct an effective, impartial and independent analysis to identify individuals responsible and hold them to account, ” he said.   “The Secretary-General calls for the particular immediate and unconditional release of the abducted women and ladies and for their safe go back to their families, ” UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq stated in a statement .  

‘Unprecedented’ insecurity 

Unidentified armed groups reportedly kidnapped the women and girls on Thursday plus Friday near the town of Arbinda, located in the north.   EL Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the event.   Giovanie Biha, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Office for the region, UNOWAS, stated activities by armed organizations, violent extremists and criminal networks have forced the particular closure of thousands of colleges and health centres, and displaced millions.   Mister. Guterres urged the specialists to “spare no efforts in bringing those responsible for this crime to justice. ” 

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