El caso de Boko Haram¿es posible el concurso de delitos entre el terrorismo y los crímenes de lesa humanidad?

  1. M. Alejandra Pastrana Sánchez 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Cádiz

    Universidad de Cádiz

    Cádiz, España

    ROR https://ror.org/04mxxkb11

Revista Electrónica de Estudios Penales y de la Seguridad: REEPS

ISSN: 2531-1565

Year of publication: 2021

Issue Title: Derecho Penal y Derechos Humanos

Issue: 7

Type: Article

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Boko Haram is well known as a terrorist organization. Since 2013, the International Criminal Court, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN have labelled the situation as a non-international armed conflict, between Nigerian Armed Forces and the rest of the armed groups in that country. In 2016, the UN expressed its concerns about its actions, which could have conformed crimes against humanity and war crimes. Nevertheless, at the same time, the same UN and other international organizations have spoken about terrorism when they talked about the attacks of Boko Haram. The classification of the acts is not a trivial issue: if they are considered crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court could have jurisdiction over the case. And that is not the only problem: a great number of countries have special measures to be adopted when facing a terrorism case; crimes against humanity used to be treated as an imprescriptible crime, etc. This paper studies this controversial issue in order to separate both crimes and provide a better political-criminal response