Friday, June 28, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: Four US Senators from the Democratic Party Call for Freeze of United States Military Assistance to Cameroon

According to them, this is a means of pressure to bring the Yaoundé regime to respect human rights.

Despite a relative lull, diplomatic pressure has not ceased on the power of Yaounde, in connection with the management of the crisis in the northwest and south-west of the country which has already, according to several NGOs, nearly 2000 about 530,000 displaced.

Four US Senators from the Democratic Party, Dick Durbin from Illinois, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen from Maryland, and well-known Tim Kaine from Virginia have tabled amendments to the NDAA, the Authorization Act, in Parliament. of defense for the 2020 exercise. US parliamentarians propose that the government of their country freeze military assistance for Cameroon, whose authorities and security forces and defense are accused of repeated attacks on human rights. 'Man.

The initiator of this amendment, Dick Durbin (pictured), told the press that he "heard about refugees fleeing political violence in Cameroon," noting in passing "the long history of imprisoned journalists and the lack of respect for the human rights of President Biya" .

"That is why I proposed to Senators Cardin, Van Hollen and Kaine an amendment to the NDAA for the fiscal year 2020, which prevents any additional security assistance from the United States in Cameroon, the United States. except for the fight against Boko Haram, until the Secretaries for Defense and the State certify that the repression stopped, " added the US parliamentarian, highlighting the values ​​of the United States in terms of respect for human rights.

"If Cameroon is an important partner in the fight against Boko Haram and our amendment should not interfere with its efforts in this area, we must also clarify that the violence against the Cameroonian population is unacceptable. Schools are closed, armed groups attack civilians and refugees in particular, the health system is down. The government must make substantial changes to benefit the security and well-being of the Cameroonian people, " Senator Durbin argued.