n African Human Rights Law Journal - Boko Haram and the child’s right to education in Africa : examining the accountability of non-state armed groups

Volume 18 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This article discusses the accountability debate surrounding the activities of non-state actors and its impact on the realisation of the child’s right to education. It examines the legal framework for the protection of the right to education during emergencies and armed conflicts. The article focuses on Boko Haram as an example of a non-state armed group. In this respect, it considers the sect’s history and its ideological beliefs, and shows that its activities are a result of its ideologies. It delves into the accountability debate and suggests various approaches towards holding faceless armed groups accountable for rights violations, generally, and the violation of the child’s right to education, in particular.

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