Rights group: Nigeria ignores sectarian violence

By The Associated Press Updated at 2013-12-12 10:56:49 +0000


LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Human Rights Watch accuses Nigeria's government of largely ignoring years of "mass murder" in two states by failing to prosecute known perpetrators who have burned victims alive and hacked or shot to death others because of their tribe or religion.

The New York-based advocacy group in a report published Thursday detailed "horrific sectarian violence" that has killed more than 3,000 since 2010 in the central Plateau and Kaduna states.

It says the absence of justice has led to revenge killings, further fueling the cycle of violence. It also documents what it calls "ethnic cleansing" of Muslim herders from some villages.

The group warns Islamic militants waging an uprising in northeast Nigeria have invoked the lack of justice for attacks on Muslims to justify killing Christians.