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Cameroon: Commonwealth strongly condemns Ngarbuh killings

Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland

The Commonwealth has strongly condemned the recent killings of civilians including women and children in Ngarbuh, a village in Ndu, Dunga Mantung Division of the North West region of Cameroon.

In a release issued Tuesday February 18, 2020, the Secretary General of the Organisation, Patricia Scotland notes the fact that the Government of Cameroon has announced the incident will be investigated into and encourages her to conduct it in all impartiality.

Below is the full release from the Commonwealth Sectretary General.


Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said:

“I strongly condemn the recent killings of civilians, including women and children in the North-West of Cameroon on 14 February 2020.

“We noted the Government announcement that there would be a full investigation into the incident. We encourage the Government to conduct an impartial investigation, for perpetrators to be held accountable and for results to be made public.

“The Commonwealth strongly condemns all forms of violence, and in particular, the loss of lives of innocent civilians including women and children.

“Cameroon is a noted member of the Human Rights Council and as such we are minded of General Comment 13 to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to freedom from all forms of violence which is underscored by the understanding that no violence against children is justifiable, all violence against children is preventable.

“I continue to convey these concerns to the Government of Cameroon, and the Commonwealth stands ready to support solutions that will address the root causes of this conflict.”

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