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Armed conflict continued, particularly in the southeastern region of Diffa where most attacks were carried out by the armed group Boko Haram. Over 300,000 people needed humanitarian aid as a result of the conflict and the continuing state of emergency in the Diffa region. Over 1,400 suspected Boko Haram members were in prison, most held in lengthy pre-trial detention in poor conditions and at risk of torture. The rights of refugees and migrants travelling through Niger were violated.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years


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