The US State Department has just published its 2019 report on human rights practices in Cameroon.
Despite multiple protests by the government, the United States has once again accused Cameroon of serious human rights violations.
In its 2019 report, ” the US State Department again puts on the back of the national security forces, arbitrary, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances “, can be read in the columns of the
daily Mutations edition of Thursday March 12 2020.
The report also pinpoints the English-speaking separatist armed groups and the Boko Haram terrorist sect, which still rages in the Far North.
In addition to these cases, the document also mentions the arrest and release of the leaders, allies and activists of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC) in 2019.
The report welcomes the release, in early October 2019, of Maurice Kamto, Penda Ekoka , Paul Eric Kingue and others.
The case of the former Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Marafa Hamidou Yaya , is also discussed in this report, the newspaper said.
Arrested in 2012 ” for corruption and sentenced to 25 years in prison, he remained in detention despite a June 2016 decision of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention describing the detention of
Marafa as” a violation of international laws “Emphasizes the report which notes that” the government has not responded to repeated requests from members of the diplomatic community to meet with Marafa “.
According to our colleagues, the State Department report also denounces the subjugation of the judiciary to the executive and ” the worst forms of restriction on freedom of expression, the press and the Internet,
unjustified arrests or prosecutions against journalists and the abuse of the provisions of the law punishing press crimes, including defamation ”.