30, August 2016
Amnesty International has once again indexed Cameroon in its practices in the context of countering terrorism. Indeed, on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, celebrated Tuesday, August 30, 2016, the NGO again challenged the ruling CPDM government about 130 detainees missing since their arrest in December 2014.
The world body insisted that the Cameroonian authorities must reveal the whereabouts of the 130 men and boys still reported missing 20 months after their arrest during a crackdown against suspected members of Boko Haram.
Cameroon government spokesman and Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary had since claimed that only 70 were arrested 70 and 25 died the same night and 45 were transferred to the Maroua prison. The fact that Cameroon government officials continue to refrain from revealing their location is insulting to the families who have been waiting a long time to find out what happened to their loved ones.
Cameroon has reportedly used the fight against the Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Harm as an argument to justify gross human rights violations. Cameroon Concord News is aware that Amnesty International submitted the list of names of the missing Cameroonians to the Ministers of Defence and Justice, as well as head of military operations in the north. The authorities announced that an internal investigation had been opened at the Ministry of Defence to shed light on events.
By Sama Ernest