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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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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Government Checks Rights to Assemble, Bans Opposition Demonstrations

In a crackdown on both the opposition and the right to assemble, Cameroonian authorities have banned a week of demonstrations planned by the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party. On April 5, the Ministry of…
Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto was arrested in Douala on January 28, 2019 for what appears to be politically motivated reasons.
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The Humanitarian Crisis’ Disproportionate Impact on Older People

I met Fernando Arvelo (pseudonym), a 74-year-old Venezuelan, at a soup kitchen in Cúcuta, the main Colombian city across the border from Táchira state in Venezuela. Fernando moved to Táchira from his home state – a 20-hour drive – soon after his wife,…
A 74-year-oldVenezuelan man eats lunch at a soup kitchen in Cúcuta, a Colombian city across the Venezuelan border, July 28, 2018.
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Gunmen Open Fire on Leading Investigative Reporter’s Car

(Washington, DC) – Colombia should ensure that the investigation into the attack on a leading investigative journalist thoroughly examines possible motives related to his work and identifies all responsible parties, Human Rights Watch said today. On the…
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Letter concerning death threats received by two Cameroonian human rights lawyers

13 February 2013 His Excellency Paul Biya President of the Republic of Cameroon Office of the President P.O. Box 100 Yaoundé Republic of Cameroon Via facsimile to the Permanent Mission of Cameroon to the United Nations: +1-212-249-0533 Ref: Death…
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Intimidation of Lawyers in ‘Homosexuality’ Cases Compromises Right to Defense

(Nairobi)  – The government of Cameroon should immediately take action against a series of death threats made over the last four months to two lawyers who represent clients accused of homosexual conduct, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to…
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Projects Spotlight Crises in Congo and Colombia

(New York) - Human Rights Watch has won three prestigious Webby Awards for its video and multimedia work, drawing attention to human rights crises in Colombia and Congo. The winning projects tell the stories of brave human rights defenders and survivors…
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UN Human Rights Council Should Discuss Deteriorating Situation

(New York) - The European Union, the United States, and other governments should call for the United Nations Human Rights Council to review the deteriorating human rights situation in China, Human Rights Watch said today. The EU, US, and other governments…
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Defenders Work to End Abuses in Cameroon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and Russia

(New York) - Six relentless and courageous advocates of human rights will be honored in November 2010, with the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch said today. All six have faced substantial threats of…
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Government Must Provide Immediate Security and Pursue Thorough Investigation

A string of anonymous death threats this week against prominent journalists in Colombia could seriously undermine press freedom in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The threats came on Monday in the form of funeral wreaths, accompanied by…
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Human Rights Watch Calls for Immediate Release of Imprisoned Cameroonian Journalist

In a letter sent to the president of Cameroon today, Human Rights Watch welcomed his call to resolve the case of a wrongfully-imprisoned journalist. Pius Njawe, of Le Messager, was convicted of "spreading false information" after he published an article…