14, July 2016
The latest Amnesty International report on Cameroon released this Thursday, July 14, 2016 shows an alarming situation of human rights violation. Amnesty International say prisoners’ detention conditions are deplorable. The report hinted that over 1,000 people were arbitrarily arrested and are held in appalling conditions, and dozens of them die from an illness, malnutrition or torture by law enforcement operations targeting captured Boko Haram militants.
The Amnesty International report singled out the situation in the Maroua prison and reported that more than 1000 people accused of supporting Boko Haram are currently being held in extremely overcrowded and unsanitary prisons, where malnutrition is rife. The authoritative human rights organization revealed that the Penitentiary Maroua prison records each month six to eight deaths.
Amnesty warned that water is not sufficient in many of the detention centers and added that even the construction of new cells in the Maroua prison has failed to alleviate the sufferings of nearly 1 500 people held in a building meant for 350.
Rita Akana (Cameroon Concord News Group)