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One Year On, No Justice in Military Tribunal Proceedings

(Nairobi) – A military tribunal in Cameroon has sentenced four people to death, in a trial marked by procedural irregularities, for an attack on a school in Kumba, the South-West region, one year ago. The attack killed seven children and injured at…
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Withhold Votes for Serious Rights Violators Cameroon, Eritrea, UAE

(New York) – A noncompetitive United Nations election for Human Rights Council members virtually guarantees seats for candidate countries with abysmal rights records. UN member countries should refrain from voting for Cameroon, Eritrea, United Arab…
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Release Political Prisoners; Respect Right to Peaceful Assembly

(Dakar) – Cameroon’s authorities should ensure accountability for their security forces’ crackdown on opposition leaders, supporters, and peaceful protesters in September 2020, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. They should…
Demonstrators stopped by gendarmes and police in Bafang, West Cameroon, on September 22, 2020.
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Lack of Transparency, Corruption Allegations Mar Covid-19 Spending

(Nairobi) – The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board should ensure that a three-year loan sought by Cameroon is used to meet its human rights obligations and not lost to corruption, Human Rights Watch said today. It should require the…
CDC Cameroon Associate Director for Program and Science, Dr. Clement Ndongmo, observes Covid-19 testing procedures for passengers arriving at Nsimalen International Airport in Yaoundé. 
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Presidential Directives Spurred by IMF Loan Talks Present Opportunity, Risks

(Nairobi) – Cameroonian president Paul Biya’s recent directives to improve oversight and investigate misappropriation of Covid-19 funding requires additional safeguards, Human Rights Watch said today. The call for greater oversight was apparently…
A picture showing Cameroon President Paul Biya who recently gave directives to improve oversight and investigate misappropriation of Covid-19 funding.
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Ensure Fair Ngarbuh Trial and Participants’ Safety; Prosecute All Responsible

(Nairobi) – The trial of three security force members accused of being involved in the massacre of 21 civilians in Ngarbuh, in Cameroon’s North-West region, is due to begin on December 17, 2020. It is expected to be an important step in…
Memorial ceremony held on February 21, 2020 at the Saint Theresia Cathedral l in Kumbo, North-West region, Cameroon, for victims of the Ngarbuh massacre.
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Ensure Independent and Effective Investigation; Protect Right to Education

(New York) - Gunmen stormed a private school in Cameroon’s Anglophone South-West region on October 24, 2020, killing 7 children and injuring at least 13 others. Cameroonian authorities, with technical support and forensics expertise from the United…
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Release Those Held Arbitrarily; End Crackdown on Dissent

(Nairobi) – Cameroonian security forces fired tear gas and water cannons and arrested hundreds of people, mainly opposition party members and supporters, to disperse peaceful protests across the country on September 22, 2020. Many peaceful protesters…
Demonstrators stopped by gendarmes and police in Bafang, West Cameroon, on September 22, 2020.
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Trial Conducted Behind Closed Doors

(Nairobi) – On September 21, a military court in Cameroon sentenced 4 soldiers to 10 years in prison and 1 other to 2 years for the brutal killing of 2 women and 2 children in 2015. While the sentence breaks the norm of impunity for military abuses,…
A screenshot of the video showing soldiers taking a woman and a child to the place where they would be later killed in Zelevet, Far North region, Cameroon, 2015.
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Stop Using Covid-19, Anti-Terror Law as Pretext to Quell Dissent

(Nairobi) – Cameroon authorities banned demonstrations after the opposition party Cameroon Renaissance Movement (Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun, MRC) encouraged people to take to the streets over the government’s decision to call regional…
Hundreds of supporters raise their arms and wave the national flag while waiting to greet Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto in Yaoundé on October 5, 2019, the day of his release from prison.
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Attacks as Peace Talks Take Place

(Nairobi) – Cameroonian armed forces have attacked a health facility in the North-West region and arbitrarily arrested seven health workers in the South-West, while armed separatists have killed at least six civilians, including a humanitarian worker…
Two handwritten notes dropped at homes in Mamfe town, South-West region, in July, asking residents to contribute 15,000 XAF [USD 26] to the Red Dragons, an armed separatist group, so they can buy weapons and ammunition. ©Private
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Investigate 42nd Battalion Abuses in Mozogo

  Soldiers in Mozogo, in the Far North region of Cameroon, have forced civilians to perform local night guard duty to protect against attacks by the armed Islamist group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said today. At the beginning of this…
Lists of civilians forced by the military into night guard duty displayed on a wall at the Mozogo market, Far North region, Cameroon. At the bottom of the lists are instructions from local authorities: “Each shift supervisor and each soldier on duty are required to call and notify those who reported for duty and those who did not to punish the latter. The shift begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 4:00 am." April 2020,
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Publish Information on Emergency Reserve Use for Covid-19

(Nairobi) – Cameroon’s government should immediately publish information on the revenues, disbursements, and management of its Health Solidarity Fund, Human Rights Watch said today. Healthcare facilities have made mandatory contributions to this…
A sign showing the Covid-19 center in Bamenda, North-West region, Cameroon, June 2020 ©Private
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Transparency, Accountability Needed for ‘Wazizi’ Case

(New York) – Cameroon’s government should ensure that the investigation into a journalist’s enforced disappearance and death in military custody is independent, effective, thorough, and impartial, four Cameroonian and six international…
Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe, known as Wazizi, in Cameroon. ©Tah Mai Jarvis
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Despite Flaws, Conclusions that Soldiers Bear Responsibility Important Step

Cameroon’s release on April 22, 2020 of findings about a massacre in Ngarbuh, North-West Cameroon, is an important first step in establishing the truth around the killings of civilians by government forces, Human Rights Watch said today…
One of  four graves where civilians killed by security forces in Ngarbuh 3 on February 14 2020 were buried. @Private, February 15 2020, Ngarbuh 3.
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Transparency, Accountability Needed for Ngarbuh Killings

(Nairobi) – Cameroon’s government should publish the findings of an investigation into the massacre of 21 civilians, including 13 children and a pregnant woman, on February 14, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
Memorial ceremony held on February 21, 2020 at the Saint Theresia Cathedral l in Kumbo, North-West region, Cameroon, for victims of the Ngarbuh massacre.
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Delivery of Assistance Vital in Conflict Areas

  (Nairobi) – Cameroon’s government should ensure that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic respects rights and prioritizes support for those who need it most, including in violence-affected areas. The authorities should allow…
A man wearing a protective mask in the city of Douala, Cameroon, April 14, 2020 @private
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Scores Still Held for Political Activism

  (New York)– Cameroon President Paul Biya ordered the release on October 4, 2019 of a prominent opposition leader, Maurice Kamto. The president also ordered the release of other members and supporters of Kamto’s party…
Maurice Kamto holds a news conference at his headquarter in Yaounde, Cameroon October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Grave Questions About Fairness of Trial

(Nairobi) – Ten leaders of the separatist Ambazonia Interim Government in Cameroon lodged an appeal on August 26, 2019, against their August 20 convictions and life sentences by a military court following a trial that raises serious…
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court in Cameroon on August 20, 2019.
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Investigate Crimes, Hold Security Forces Accountable

(Nairobi) – Cameroonian security forces have killed at least four civilians and raped one woman since mid-June 2019 during security operations in the North-West region. Those killed include an elderly man with a physical disability and…
A patrol of Cameroonian gendarmes in the Omar Bongo Square, Buea, capital of the South-West region, on October 3, 2018 on the sidelines of a political rally.