1 Associate Prof, Faculty of Law, University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Law, University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran


Boko Haram is among the radical Sunni insurgent groups who are opposed to the secular government of Nigeria. The insurgents of this group resort to violence and different kinds of crimes to advance their goals. The current study, through a descriptive-analytical approach, has sought to determine why, though limited to the borders of Nigeria, Boko Haram’s actions have taken an international nature to them. In the current study, the actions and approach of the insurgents of this group, which violates the human rights principles and humanitarian law and threaten the international peace and security, have been investigated. On the other hand, it seems Boko Haram is a terrorist insurgent group which ignores the international laws and principles. Finally, the results of the study indicate that, in addition to the governments, the insurgents of the rebel groups such as Boko Haram are also bound to the humanitarian law principles and observance of the minimum fundamental and unenlightened humanitarian rights in domestic struggles.


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