CAMEROON 2018 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT
THE US STATE DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES THE 2018 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT FOR CAMEROON
As published here by Mbiydzenyuy Dave WANTANGWA
We bring here the 2018 Human Rights Report on Cameroon, in its entirety as published by the US State Department. In its introductory sentences, it notes the following: [that] “Human rights issues included arbitrary and unlawful killings by security forces as well as armed Anglophone separatists; forced disappearances by security forces, Boko Haram, and separatists; torture by security forces and Anglophone separatists; prolonged arbitrary detentions including of suspected Anglophone separatists by security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; violence and harassment targeting journalists by government agents; periodic government restrictions on access to the internet; laws authorizing criminal libel; substantial interference with the right of peaceful assembly; refoulement of refugees and asylum seekers by the government; restrictions on political participation; violence against women, in part due to government inaction; unlawful recruitment or use of child soldiers by Anglophone separatists, government-supported vigilance committees, and Boko Haram; violence or threats of violence targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and criminalization of consensual same-sex relations; child labor, including forced child labor; and violations of workers’ rights”.
Who then holds that Cameroon is a State of Law? One interesting and recurrent point in the report is the repeated quotes from the requirements of law and which shows that the government of Cameroon is the first disrespecter of its own laws. What becomes of a government that breaks its own laws and acts according to the whims and caprices of even individual politicians? What happens when individuals are able to twist the law and force the judiciary to act in their favour against fellow citizens? What happens when the military goes overboard and acts unwantonly out of the requirements of law and they do not seem to be sanctioned? In all, of what use is the law or of the Constitution in Cameroon?
We have oftentimes raised alarms over the terrible terrorism laws that are meant to victimize citizens and protect those in power. A country that is immersed in severe human rights violations, chaos and lawlessness is a veritable jungle.
The startling details of the report and the references and sources are just exactly what has persistently been going on throughout the years, yet government labelled those who raised their voices as hating the fatherland, terrorists and cybercriminals.
The questions still remain! What should the international community do to salvage the chaos brought into the Cameroons by the regime in power and its thugs? What should the international community do about the terrible human rights violations that are being committed in Cameroon. The former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, once said, “Genocide begins with the killing of one man”. Is the government of Cameroon guilty of committing genocide against its citizens or not? Is the international community keen at all on correcting the situation in the Cameroons? How long will the government of Cameroon go on with this unchecked repression of the people?
You can download the full Human Rights Report for 2018 HERE. And ask many more more useful questions.