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terrorists and suicide bombers without a prior establishment of guilt, is equivalent to pronouncing guilt and inflicting punishment on the buildings rather than on the suspects. Should demolitions become inevitable in the event of extreme threats to public safety, steps must be taken to determine the number of children, pregnant women, elderly persons and the youth who would be affected by the relocation and to evaluate the socio-economic impacts the property losses would have on the community. In addition to giving inhabitants enough time to gather their belongings, such demolitions should be preceded by the provision of adequate alternative housing for the listed categories of persons. Most importantly, the security agents conducting the demolition must show restraint and moderation. The UN principles further state that "Evictions shall not be carried out in a manner that violates the dignity and human rights to life and security of those affected. Any legal use of force must respect the principles of necessity and proportionality". . In relocating families and communities, the government has further responsibility to ensure that the relocation site(s) will fulfill the criteria for adequate housing according to international human rights law, including services for accessing water, employment options, schools, and health-care facilities. This has clearly not been the case in Nigeria’s crisis-torn northern Nigeria.

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DEMOLISHING FOUNDATIONS OF PEACE  

This report critically examines the effectiveness and human rights implications of using house demolitions to deter terrorism in Northern N...

DEMOLISHING FOUNDATIONS OF PEACE  

This report critically examines the effectiveness and human rights implications of using house demolitions to deter terrorism in Northern N...

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