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Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for his thematic report to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the rights of persons with…
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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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35th Ordinary Session

Human Rights Watch respectfully submits this written presentation to contribute testimony from children to the discussion on the impact of Covid-19 on children at the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of…
Schoolchildren attend class at a school in Norton, west of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, September 10, 2019.
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Separatists Continue Attacks on Education with Impunity

On January 30, armed separatists kidnapped Marie (not her real name), a 19-year-old secondary school student, in Buea, in Cameroon’s Anglophone South-West region. Three days later, they chopped her finger off with a machete. …
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Discussing Current Events Lands Teacher in Jail

Teachers in open societies around the world push their students to think critically about current events. But those in Cameroon might be thinking twice after one of them was arrested for doing just that. On September 13,…
Fondang Mesaack Nathan while in detention at the Gendarmerie Station in Sangmélima, South Region, Cameroon
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At Least 170 Killed; Hundreds of Homes Burned

(Nairobi) – Government forces in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have killed scores of civilians, used indiscriminate force, and torched hundreds of homes over the past six months, Human Rights Watch said today. Armed separatists have assaulted and…
House burnt in Abuh (North-West region) by security forces on November 19, 2018.
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International Scrutiny Needed in Anglophone Separatist Crisis

Just before dawn on Monday, November 5, unknown gunmen abducted around 79 school children from dormitories at Presbyterian Secondary School Nkwen in Bamenda, a town in Cameroon’s Anglophone North-West region. This horrific kidnapping is…
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Summary I don't like the idea that the international community only waits for bloodshed and open war to come with aid. – A clergyman in Kumbo, North-West region, April 2018 Cameroon, a bilingual and multicultural country known for its stability…
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Government and Separatists Abuse Civilians

(New York) – Government security forces and armed separatists have committed grave abuses against residents of Cameroon’s Anglophone region, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The region has been rocked by…
A covered body on the outskirts of Belo, following early April clashes between security forces and armed separatists in the North-West region, April 2018.
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(New York, July 19, 2018) – Government security forces and armed separatists have committed grave abuses against residents of Cameroon’s Anglophone region, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The region has been roiled by protests and…
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Government Should Protect Rights While Dealing With Unrest

“UPDATE: On May 31, 2018, Georgiana Enanga Sanga was released, unharmed.” ____________________________________________________________________________________________ (Nairobi) – The kidnappers of a…
A school classroom in the Anglophone region of Cameroon.
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POLICY PARALYSIS: A CALL FOR ACTION ON HIV/AIDS-RELATED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN AFRICA      SUMMARY II. ABUSES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT FUEL HIV/AIDS.. HIV/AIDS and Abuse of Girls Risks to Women and Girls in…
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Child labor on cocoa farms 'tip of the iceberg'

(New York, April 1, 2003) - West African governments are failing to address a rampant traffic in child labor that could worsen with the region’s growing AIDS crisis, Human Rights Watch charged in a new report released today. The 79-page report, “…
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April 2003                                                                                                                         Vol.15, No. 8 (A) TOGO borderline slavery Child trafficking in togo Table of Contents…