Saturday, February 22, 2020

Ngarbuh massacre: UN intervention becomes clearer [PRESS RELEASE]

It is through a press release published Friday, February 21, 2020 that the UN body officially calls for better protection of civilians facing an escalation of violence in Cameroon in the shortest possible time.

The organization headed by Antonio Guterres "offers its support and assistance to the Cameroonian authorities to deal with this situation and to improve protection and the provision of services for civilians in the affected areas and for those who have been forcibly displaced". 

CameroonWeb offers you the full press release from the UN 

Press release: For immediate release (New York, February 21, 2020) 

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Violence against Children, Najat Maalla M 'jid, and the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, deplore the continuation of reports of human rights violations committed against civilians, especially women and children, in the South-West regions and Northwest Cameroon. 

"We are deeply concerned by reports of violence, including the February 14 attack on the village of Ngarbuh, in the North West region, which left 23 dead, including 15 children. The four officials deplored reports of attacks on civilians, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests and destruction of property, as well as attacks on reprisals, kidnappings, rapes and other forms of sexual violence violence, disproportionately affecting women and children in the southwest and northwest regions.

Cameroon and force many people to flee their homes. Children continue to be particularly affected by the crisis with reports of attacks on schools, major school closings in the affected areas and thousands of children of out-of-school children. Information received on the recruitment and use of children by armed actors and the detention of children for their actual or suspected association with armed actors still raise protection concerns".

Hundreds of thousands of people are said to be displaced in the affected areas and the lack of security has further exacerbated the plight of marginalized and vulnerable groups. "There is an urgent need to prevent violence and to protect all women, girls, boys and men from serious violations of humanitarian and human rights. Severely limited humanitarian access and limited resources for service providers has reduced the availability of sexual and reproductive health care for women, urgent treatment for victims of sexual violence, ”they said. 

The four senior officials called on the Cameroonian government to fulfill its primary responsibility to protect its people by addressing the root causes of the violence and ensuring that the victims of the attacks are protected and protected. appropriate assistance. They also called on the authorities to investigate those responsible for the serious violations and abuses that have been committed. “We urge the government of Cameroon to guarantee full respect for human rights, including the rights of women and children and to ensure that the humanitarian needs of civilians are met. 

In addition, we remind the government that children associated with armed groups should be considered primarily as victims and that their detention is used only as a last resort and for the shortest period of time. 

We also underline that all forms of sexual violence are categorically prohibited by international humanitarian and human rights law.

The UN offers its support and assistance to the Cameroonian authorities to deal with this situation and to improve the protection and the provision of services for civilians in the affected areas and for those who have been forcibly displaced.


Source: camerounweb.com