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Amnesty International accuses Cameroon of gross human rights abuses

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Babatunde Opalana 

The Amnesty International (AI) has accused the security operatives and government of Cameroon of gross human rights violations in the form of illegal detention and torturing of innocent people leading to the death of some of the victims.

The Country Campaigner – Central Africa for AI, Mr.  Olivia Tchamba, in a release on Thursday, said the Cameroon government engages in this indiscriminate arrest and torturing of innocent people in the course of fighting a war against the armed group Boko Haram.

“They will stop at nothing to win, including arresting people and torturing suspects until they confess. This means that if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time in the Far North region of Cameroon, you run the risk of being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and even killed”.

Olivia said many of the victims are men from the Kanuri ethnic group but victims also include women, minors and people with mental disabilities. 

“They are taken to often illegal detention facilities and are tortured, humiliated, intimidated and punished. They are beaten with sticks, electric cables and machetes, forced into stress positions for days, and subjected to suspensions and drowning.”
” Some don’t survive the torture”, he said, adding that many have been arrested with little or no evidence.

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