Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Ngarbuh killing: UN calls for intense investigation

The eyes of human rights organizations around the world are once again turned to Cameroon after the massacre of civilians in the village of Ngarbuh in the North-West region which left several dozen dead, mostly women and children. 

Accused of being the author of the Cameroonian army, through the head of the communication division, Colonel Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo, denied these allegations which she qualified as manipulation. “The Cameroonian forces are not involved in this massacre. This is new propaganda from secessionist terrorists who commit mass killings in order to discredit the Cameroonian defense forces, "he said among our colleagues at the Koaci site. 

Questioned by civil society actors to demand that the light be shed on this affair, the Secretary-General of the United Nations through his spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric expressed his concerns over this situation in a press release made public on 17 February 2020. He invites, among other things, the authorities of Yaoundé to "open an investigation and take the necessary measures to hold the guilty parties accountable for their acts". 

CameroonWeb presents the entire press release

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by reports that civilians, including children, were killed in an attack in the village of Ngarbuh in the northwest region of Cameroon on February 14. He offers his sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and calls on the Government of Cameroon to open an investigation and to take the necessary measures to hold the guilty parties accountable. 

The Secretary-General calls on the armed parties to refrain from attacks on civilians and to respect international humanitarian and human rights law. He reiterates the availability of the United Nations to work with all stakeholders for a political solution to the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon through dialogue.

Source: camerounweb.com