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Cameroon: 2017 human rights’ progress marred by gross violations

Cameroon’s 2017 human rights progress was marred by gross violations like kidnappings, hostage taking, highway robbery, arbitrary arrest, police custody and abusive detentions, an activity report from the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms has revealed.

Going by the report, presented to the public by Dr Chemuta Divine Banda, the Commission’s Chairman, “there was the persistence of security concerns mostly in four regions of the country; the Far North, the East, the North West and South West regions.” According to the report, 1113 complains of human rights violations were filed at the commission in 2017. Such offences include mob justice, forced disappearance, suspicious death and torture.

While doling out some proposals to administrative authorities which to him will improve the situation of Human Rights in Cameroon, the chairman of the National Commission of Human Right and Freedoms equally highlighted some difficulties faced by the commission in their quest to gather information in some places, among which is the commission’s limited access to detention facilities.

The report, according to the Chairman, was published in keeping with the law of 22nd July 2004 that setup the commission. The law states that the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms is expected to publish its activity report and a report on the situation of Human Rights in the country every year.


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