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Nigerian group calls for UN sanctions on militants

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - The U.N. Security Council must impose sanctions on the Islamic extremists that abducted more than 300 schoolgirls, a leading Nigerian rights group said Sunday, adding that expressions of concern and condemnation are not enough.

The call comes as more experts are expected in Nigeria to help in the search, including U.S. hostage negotiators. Nigeria's government belatedly accepted offers of help last week from the United States, Britain, France, China and Spain amid mounting national and international outrage at its failure to rescue 276 girls abducted from a northeastern school on April 15. Fifty-three escaped. The militants are threatening to sell the girls into slavery.

"The future of these missing schoolgirls hangs in a balance. The council should not leave them to fend for themselves," executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project said in a statement. "But it is not enough for the Council to express concern ... It is now time for the council to act decisively against the Boko Haram. The cost of inaction is simply too high to contemplate."

He said targeted sanctions would send a strong message.

The United States already has designated Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization, as has the European Union, making it illegal to contribute to the group. And Washington last year put a $7 million ransom on the head of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who said in a video last week that he will sell the girls into slavery.

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john May 11 2014 at 5:39 PM

They haven't been sanctioned to date??????????????

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barbgre1 May 11 2014 at 4:04 PM

This is the "powerful and competent" UN that obama wants to give our gun sovereignty and our water sovereignty rights to? Doesn't sound like such a good idea, does it?

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ejorillion May 11 2014 at 4:03 PM

UN sanctions, are you serious. The only sanctions these Islamic terrorist, and Obama, Islamic terrorist do exist, are bullets fired at them. Please do not send American to defend these people . Let the Nigerians defend their own people

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Kongo2Kuba ejorillion May 11 2014 at 4:43 PM

Prove that this has anything to do with Pres O? He send troops into Egypt Libya Syria why not Nigeria ? is it because they are darker than you as yo why you don't want THESE people defended by US troops of all races.. C'mon racist troll what is the real truth?? WAITING!

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cyberchisme May 11 2014 at 3:56 PM

Sanctions... hahahahahahahaha.

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snellbd May 11 2014 at 3:53 PM

The only sanctions these thugs need is a rope around their necks. Until the civilized nations of the world take action to destroy these criminals, we will have violence.

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cyberchisme snellbd May 11 2014 at 3:57 PM

More accurate: "We will have Islamic violence."

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Ed May 11 2014 at 3:52 PM

UN help = OK. But U.S. boots on the ground getting involved in other countries affairs ? NO WAY !!

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paganstve Ed May 11 2014 at 4:47 PM

Yeah, I'm wondering why other african nations aren't offering to help. All I hear is us, britain, france and spain. Is that it?

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wizardsking May 11 2014 at 3:51 PM

Sanctions is a word that should be removed from the UN dictionary.
UN should be removed for its inability to achieve anything.
(Current description of the United Nations, a group of persons from several different countries that agree on nothing, do nothing, enjoy parties, perks, and photo ops., on the U.S. Tax payers dime.)

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dannyh94102 wizardsking May 11 2014 at 4:02 PM

The UN should be disbanded & all their parasites sent back to their homelands.

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aljoramaggio May 11 2014 at 3:51 PM

Just wondering if some of the posters on this thread, who have blamed "Bush" since the dawn of written history, for sending our soldiers into a war in Iraq, against Saddam Hussein, for gassing the Kurds with his dirty bombs, are the very same who are screaming on these pages, for the USA to send in the Navy Seals, the drones, the Marines, and Cub Scout Den #433 into Nigeria, to fight Boco Haram.

Think about it.

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Gerome aljoramaggio May 11 2014 at 5:11 PM

People opposed the war in Iraq basically because of the issue of weapon of mass destruction. Bush led the US into war on a false premise. Boko Haram admit to the kidnappings.

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aljoramaggio Gerome May 11 2014 at 6:30 PM

The dead bodies of the gassed Kurds - men, women, children and babies by the thousands - from mustard and sarin, and you are still calling it a false pretense?
The photographs in multiple papers and on TV?
That was not reason enough?

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jakkelley47 May 11 2014 at 3:48 PM

back when we bought the slaves africa sold us the sorry ones

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Welcome to my world May 11 2014 at 3:45 PM

Sanctions?!!!!! What the hell do these poverty stricken idiots have that sanctions would affect? The U.N. is a parasitic joke. We need to get permission from Nigeria to send in a multinational force that we assemble and control, surround them, get the hostages released and incinerate the hostage takers. Forget the U.N. or NATO by the time they come up with a plan these poor girls will have perished.

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vancurren Welcome to my world May 11 2014 at 3:53 PM

He said targeted sanctions would send a strong message. Yep, that the UN is impotent.

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ejorillion Welcome to my world May 11 2014 at 4:06 PM

Do not send Americans to die in the rat hole country.Let he Nigerians fend for themselves

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