The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is outraged by the abduction of the over 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria and the admission by the Group calling itself "Jama'atu Ahlus Sunnah lid Da'awati wal Jihad" otherwise known as "Boko Haram", that it carried out the abduction. The Commission is extremely saddened by the misguided claim of Boko Haram that the abduction of the girls and the threat to sell them off as “slaves” is in conformity with the injunctions of Islam.
Right to education is a fundamental human right, and is in consonance with the basic tenets of Islam. In this regard, IPHRC wishes to stress that the abduction of the Chibok Girls by Boko Haram, thus depriving them the full enjoyment of their right to education as well as right to live in safety, dignity and peace is not only a violation of international law and human rights law, but also a gross misrepresentation of Islam, which enjoins its adherents to go to any extent in the pursuit of knowledge.
Accordingly, IPHRC joins the international community in unequivocally condemning the barbaric act of abducting the innocent schoolgirls and urges the leadership of Boko Haram to immediately release the abducted girls to enable them join their families and continue with their education. In addition, IPHRC is also calling on the international community, in particular AU and OIC Member-States, to assist the Government of Nigeria, not only in the efforts to rescue the abducted girls, but also to bring to an end the menace of Boko Haram in Nigeria and the neighboring states".
In conclusion, IPHRC wishes to extend its sympathies to the families of the abducted girls, and urges the Government of Nigeria to do everything in its power to secure the release of the abducted girls as a matter of urgency.