H.Res.53, Condemning the cowardly attack on innocent men, women, and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga, as amended

H.Res. 53

Condemning the cowardly attack on innocent men, women, and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga, as amended

Sponsor
Rep. Robin Kelly

Date
March 23, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the House will consider H. Res. 53, a resolution Condemning the cowardly attack on innocent men, women, and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga, under suspension of the rules. H. Res. 53 was introduced on January 27, 2015 by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) and was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which ordered the bill reported, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, by voice vote on February 27, 2015.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 53 resolves that the House of Representatives: 1) expresses strong support for the Nigerian people, especially those in Baga, who have been affected by Boko Haram; 2) condemns Boko Haram for its hostile attacks on civilian targets; 3) expresses concern for the possibility of a strengthened relationship between Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as a result of Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to the group; 4) encourages the Nigerian Government to increase efforts to protect civilians from Boko Haram, including through collaboration with other international actors; 5) urges all Nigerian political candidates to uphold the pledges outlined in the “Abuja Accord” and the Nigerian Government to hold elections on March 28, 2015; 6) remains committed to protecting democratic ideals and universal human rights worldwide; 7) supports United States aid to the Nigerian Government in fighting against Boko Haram and searching for those whom they have abducted; and, 8) applauds African countries in the region and the African Union for their efforts to create a regional security force to combat Boko Haram and supports offers of robust security assistance to strengthen its capabilities.[1]

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[1] See H.Res . 53, at 4 and 5

Background

Since its formation, the violent terrorist group known as Boko Haram has killed roughly 20,000 people as well as forced nearly 200,000 to flee into neighboring countries.[2] Further, members of the group have abducted numerous civilians, including 219 schoolgirls from Chibok.[3]

On January 3, 2015, Boko Haram opened fire on men, women, and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga, as well as in surrounding villages. Local officials reported death tolls ranging in the hundreds, but as many as 2,000 civilians may have been killed.[4] The following day, reports surfaced that the group had taken control of the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, which is comprised of troops from Nigeria, Chad, and Niger.[5] Apart from the horrific mass slaughter of civilians, the attacks, which culminated on January 7, 2015, resulted in the displacement of at least 30,000 people.[6]

On March 9, 2015 Boko Haram announced its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Boko Haram’s actions have terrorized and resulted in chaos within the region. In response, the African Union and neighboring countries endorsed the establishment of a regional task force of 10,000 troops to fight against the group.[7]

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[2] http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-to-help-nigerians-displaced-by-boko-haram/2015/02/17/636f1e10-b5f4-11e4-a200-c008a01a6692_story.html
[3] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29612345
[4] http://time.com/3665006/boko-haram-nigeria-death-toll-150-2000/
[5] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30672391
[6] http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/09/africa/boko-haram-violence/
[7] http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/uk-africa-security-idUKKBN0L22RT20150129

Cost

The resolution will not have any impact on federal spending.

Additional Information

For questions or further information, contact the House Republican Conference at 5-5107.