UN ‘strongly condemns’ rights abuses in Cameroon

We reiterate the readiness of the UN to work with all stakeholders towards a political solution to the crisis in the North-West and South-West of Cameroon through meaningful dialogue,’’ - Mr Dujarric
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The United Nations has condemned "strongly and unequivocally" documented cases of serious violations and abuses of human rights in Cameroon.

At his daily news conference in New York on Friday, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric reiterated the stance of the organisation.

“On Cameroon, we have seen recent reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in that country.

“These include a shocking video allegedly showing the brutal murder of a young woman in Muyuka in the South-West.

“We strongly and unequivocally condemn this atrocious act of violence.

“We call on the authorities to swiftly launch an investigation into these allegations and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,’’ Dujarric said.

Since 2017, armed confrontations between security forces and Anglophone rebels have been observed in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

On February 14, in the northwestern village of Ngarbuh, no less than 23 civilians including 15 children and two pregnant women were massacred.

Three Cameroonian soldiers were arrested after an investigation ordered by President Paul Biya, and charged with murder in connection with the incident.

Mr Dujarric reiterated the UN call for armed players to refrain from attacks on civilians and to respect international humanitarian and human rights law.

He also encouraged both parties to support the Secretary-General 's call for a global truce as the world fights the pandemic, COVID-19.

We reiterate the readiness of the UN to work with all stakeholders towards a political solution to the crisis in the North-West and South-West of Cameroon through meaningful dialogue,’’ he added.