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The European Union has expressed its support towards the intention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to consider appropriate measures against the Boko Haram sect for the abduction of over 200 girls from Chibok, and other atrocious activities since 2009 leading to loss of lives and representing a threat to the stability and peace of West and Central Africa.
The EU made this known following the meeting of its council in Brussels Monday where it called for the immediate and unconditional release of the girls and for those responsible to be brought to justice.
It expressed deep concern at the recent attacks in Northern Nigeria and sufferings caused to the entire population.
In a statement, the council described the abductions and indiscriminate killings of hundreds of civilians as attacks against human rights and dignity.
"The European Union and its member states offer their support to Nigeria in the resolution of this despicable crime and its ongoing efforts to protect its citizens and defeat terrorism in all its forms, in full respect of human rights," the statement read.
"The EU will work to end the culture of impunity and the use of sexual violence both as a tool and a side effect of conflict worldwide," it added.
The UNSC last Friday had said it would actively follow the situation of the abducted girls. The body also condemned all abuses of "human rights and, where applicable, violations of international humanitarian law, including those involving sexual and gender based violence, abductions and attacks against schools and hospitals, including their personnel, "it underline that all perpetrators of such acts must be held accountable at national or international levels and that some of those acts may amount to crimes against humanity under international law."
It had also called on all parties in the international alliance towards the rescue of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls to ensure that they comply with all their obligations under international law and with respect for human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.