Boko Haram is listed for killing and maiming, and attacks on schools and/or hospitals. In April 2015, the Council will be negotiating a resolution regarding endorsement of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in response to Boko Haram. The Council should:

  • Demand that Boko Haram and armed militias engaged in the conflict, prevent and end all grave violations against children, including recruitment and use of children;
  • Recommend that MNJTF, in consultation with relevant UN agencies and regional organizations – and recognizing as victims those children who have been released or otherwise separated from armed forces and armed groups – establish standard operating procedures for the handover of children to child protection actors, and include child protection in military training, as well as in future military directives as appropriate;
  • Recommend that the MNJTF undertake targeted and operational trainings for the preparation of mission personnel, including troop and police contingents, on their contribution to preventing violations against children so as to provide all mission personnel with the ability to effectively identify, report, and respond to violations and abuses committed against children.

Angola, Chad, and Nigeria are coordinating.

This information is based on Watchlist’s Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update: April 2015.


In Nigeria, Watchlist’s Partnerships Program supports the Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN), a network of civil society organizations working to promote and protect human rights in Nigeria. HRAN is a permanent member of the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) on grave violations against children affected by the conflict. It works to strengthen the 1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) through trainings for civil society representatives on monitoring, documentation, and response to children rights violations.


UN Action

Year listed: 2014
Action Plans signed: No
Sanctions Committee: No
Secretary-General’s reports on CAAC in Nigeria: 2017
Security Council Working Group conclusions on Nigeria: None

Perpetrators listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual reports on children and armed conflict

2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Boko Haram b, d a,b,d a,b,d,e
Civilian Joint Task Force a

a: Parties that recruit and use children
b: Parties that kill and maim children
c: Parties that commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children

d: Parties that engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals
e: Parties that engage in abduction of children
f: Parties that deny humanitarian access to children

~ This party has concluded an action plan with the United Nations in line with Security Council resolutions 1539 (2004) and 1612 (2005).
* This party has been in the annexes for at least five years and is therefore considered a persistent perpetrator.