Cameroon Denies Using US Military Assistance to Commit Human Rights Violations

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 09-Feb-2019

Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations on Friday denied allegations that its army is using United States (US) military assistance to carry out human rights violations, quoting a statement issued by the ministry

“Cameroon strongly denies accusations that US military assistance has been used to commit human rights violations. While we have acknowledged instances of human rights violations, they have been investigated and prosecuted through proper judicial channels,” the ministry said in the statement.

The statement came after the US government on Wednesday announced that it had decided to cut defence assistance to the country due to concern over alleged human rights abuses.

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The ministry said the United States was “an important” security partner for Cameroon and warned that any termination of the cooperation could have “serious implications for Central Africa.”

“Cameroon is committed to join efforts with the US government to combat extremism and advance security in Africa. We look forward to continuing this work together.”

Cameroon army is fighting Haram terror group in its Far North region that borders Nigeria and an armed insurgency in its two English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest, where separatists are seeking to create a new nation called “Ambazonia.”

However, it was unclear whether the US move against Cameroon was in response to abuses carried out in one of these military actions, or could be both.

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