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US Congress hearings on rights violation in Cameroon postponed

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the human rights situation in Cameroon that was supposed to hold today has been postponed.

The hearing was postponed at the last minute though no reason has been advanced.

The  hearing was supposed to to discuss on the prevailing situation in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon as well as the Far North region where security forces have been battling Boko Haram.

However, the Commission said on its website that  “Cameroonian security forces have also reportedly perpetrated serious human rights abuses in the north, including enforced disappearances and torture, sometimes leading to death in custody.”

“UN research has found that such abuses can undermine the effectiveness of counterterrorism efforts and increase local radicalization”, the Commission added.

Panelists were supposed to discuss the heightened crisis in Cameroon’s diverse society, and offer policy recommendations for improving respect for human rights and mitigating the country’s political and security challenges.

Key amongst the panelists is Dr. Patrice Nganang, Cameroonian-born American Lecturer and writer at the Stony Brook University.

The writer was arrested in December 2017and detained at the Kondengui nmaximum security prison for illegally entering into Cameroon before he was later deported to the United States of America.

Nganang, who hails from the West Region in Cameroon has been very critical of the government of Cameroon and has been vocal in his support for anglophones since the crisis in the two English-speaking regions broke out in 2016.

He recently published a book on his experiences on the crisis while in detention in Cameroon.

 

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