The Human Rights Commission has called for an investigation into allegations that soldiers deployed to help fight armed groups raped several women and an 11-year-old girl.
The Niger Human Rights Commission has called for an independent investigation into allegations that Chadian army members deployed in the country to help fight armed groups raped an 11-year-old girl.
The commission’s preliminary findings, based on testimony and medical examinations between March 31 and April 1, published Friday, showed that two more women had been raped.
The commission’s report said women, including a woman who was pregnant, were raped in the presence of their husbands who were held captive at gunpoint by soldiers, the commission’s report said.
“The rapist refused to testify for fear of being the victim of other victims,” the report said, adding that the commission spoke to five women who had attempted rape, saying armed men were able to flee when they entered their home.
The commission said it “strongly condemns” these heinous acts against innocent people, in order to protect those who committed the crime.
It called on the concerned authorities to form a relevant commission of inquiry to investigate the “cruel, inhuman and degrading acts”, stressing the need to bring the accused to justice.
There was no immediate comment from the governments of Chad and Niger.
France and other allies then praised Chad in February 1,200 troops deployed Fighting rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS (ISIS) to strengthen 5,100 French troops in the tri-border region between Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.
In addition to the alleged rape cases, the report noted that there were also allegations of assault and confiscation of private property against Chadian forces in the Tera region west of where they are stationed near the Budina Faso border.