‘Murders’ and ‘arbitrary detention’: New HRW report overwhelms Biya regime

‘Murders’ and ‘arbitrary detention’: New HRW report overwhelms Biya regime

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August 11, 2022 0

‘Murders’ and ‘arbitrary detention’: New HRW report overwhelms Biya regime

In a report made public yesterday Thursday, August 10, the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced the killings and “arbitrary detention” of the security and defense forces of Cameroon, in the English-speaking area commonly known as NoSo.

In the report HRW bluntly notes that “Cameroonian soldiers summarily killed at least ten people and committed several other abuses between April 24 and June 12 during counter-insurgency operations in the North West region of Cameroon”.

The army in the report is excused for having “destroyed and looted health centres, arbitrarily detained at least 26 people and forcibly removed some 17 others”.

The NGO also does not understand the silence of the Cameroonian authorities on these murders and abuses and invites them to shed light on the incriminated facts.

“Cameroonian authorities should conduct credible and impartial investigations and hold perpetrators to account,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Central Africa researcher at HRW.

Also in the report, HRW referred to the June 1 attack by Cameroonian soldiers on the village of Missong, a hamlet in the North West region, which resulted in the death of nine people, including four women. and an 18-month-old girl, “in a retaliatory operation against a community suspected of harboring separatist fighters”. The army then recognized a “mistake” and “an inappropriate reaction, unsuited to the circumstances and manifestly disproportionate”.

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