Rights group Amnesty International has accused the Cameroon military of shocking extrajudicial executions which were allegedly caught on video.
In a statement released on Thursday, Amnesty International said an investigation carried out by international experts gathered credible evidence that Cameroonian soldiers were pictured in a video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children.
While an investigation has now been announced, the Ministry of Communication earlier dismissed video footage of the killings as “fake news”.
The spokesperson of the Cameroon government, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a press conference on Wednesday that the video footage was fake and an attempt to discredit Cameroon’s defence forces.
However, Amnesty International says it has extensively analysed the weapons, dialogue and uniforms that feature in the video paired with digital verification techniques and testimonies taken from the ground which all point to the fact that the perpetrators are Cameroonian soldiers.
“The Cameroonian authorities’ initial claim that this shocking video is fake simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. We can provide credible evidence to the contrary. Given the gravity of these horrific acts – the cold blooded and calculated slaughter of women and young children – these hasty and dismissive denials cast serious doubt over whether any investigation will be genuine,” said Samira Daoud, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s West Africa office.
“It is imperative that a proper, impartial investigation is undertaken and those responsible for these abhorrent acts are brought to justice.”
Amnesty International also suggested that the weapons used in the execution are Galil and Kalashnikov-style rifles. While AK-type weapons are common, the Galil, the weapon specifically used in the execution, is comparatively rare and distinctive.
The Small Arms Survey lists the Galil as only “occasional” in sub-Saharan Africa among governments, and as unknown among non-state actors. The only force in the area carrying Galil’s are a small subset of the Cameroon Army, Amstey International said.
The Cameroon army as well as spokesperson of the government are yet to react to this latest outing by Amnesty international.