Thursday, March 19, 2020

Human rights abuses in Cameroon: The report which accuses the power of Yaoundé

The latest outing of the US State Department does not stroke the regime in the right direction, and accuses it of serious violations of liberties.

In its annual report on human rights, published on March 11, 2020 by the State Department, speaking of the case of Cameroon, Washington mentions "illegal or arbitrary executions, including extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances by security forces; torture by security forces and non-state armed groups; arbitrary detentions by security forces and non-state armed groups; difficult and potentially life-threatening conditions of detention; political prisoners;  independence of the judiciary; the worst forms of restrictions on freedom of expression, the press and the Internet, including violence, threats of violence or unjustified arrests or prosecutions of journalists ... "These accusations are final:

Take, with regard to attacks on the physical integrity of people, they are listed in both the North West and South West regions, as part of the English-speaking crisis; in the northern part of the country, as part of the fight against Boko Haram, than in the rest of the country, with in particular the arrest of hundreds of people between January and June 2019 in the framework of the "peaceful marches" of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (Mrc), following the presidential election of October 2018. A striking example in the report is that of March 2019 where 13 people died including seven traders, burned alive in the district of Ndu, then that they had just returned from a trip to Nigeria.

Political prisoners

The US State Department reports that the defense and security forces are behind the disappearance of many separatists. This is the case of Franklin Mowha, the leader of an NGO who allegedly disappeared while he was on a mission to Kumba in August 2018. "Our defense forces are nevertheless better trained and aware of the importance of their mission, but it is not enough, because there is no penalty, ”confirms on condition of anonymity, a lawyer. “Complaints lie dormant in the jurisdictions. There are no real investigations into these abuses.

And even if there are lawsuits, they do not succeed, ”adds our source. The report also looks at conditions of detention in prisons, arbitrary arrests, slowness of the courts, etc. He returns in particular to political prisoners, citing in particular Mrc executives, but also Marafa Hamidou Yaya, detained since 2012, despite a decision of the United Nations working group in 2016, which presented his detention as a violation of international laws. It should be noted that the report also mentions attacks by separatists against men in fatigues. Like the atrocities committed by the hydra Boko Haram, are also mentioned in the said American report.

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