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Cameroon: Thousands worldwide demand release of students jailed for sharing Boko Haram joke

More than 300,000 letters and petitions from people around the world have been sent to Cameroonian President Paul Biya calling on him to release three students each sentenced to 10 years in prison by a military court for sharing a joke by SMS about Boko Haram, Amnesty International revealed today. As part of the organization’s annual Write for Rights campaign 2016, over 310,000 actions were taken from people across the globe asking that Fomusoh Ivo Feh and his friends, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob, be immediately released.

Date:
23 May 2017
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Unlawful Detention

Cameroon: Conviction and sentence of Radio France Internationale journalist a travesty of justice

The conviction and sentencing of a journalist by a military court in Cameroon to 10 years in prison after an unfair trial is a travesty of justice, Amnesty International said today. Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service was handed down 10 years of imprisonment after having been convicted on 20 April on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”.

Date:
24 April 2017
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Demonstrations

Cameroon: Excessive force that led to deaths of protesters must be urgently investigated

Authorities in Cameroon must investigate the use of excessive and unnecessary force that led to the deaths of between two and four people during a protest in the north western city of Bamenda yesterday, Amnesty International said today. Eye witnesses recounted that security forces fired live rounds and teargas in reaction to people throwing stones, describing how they saw the bodies of two men who had been shot dead.

Date:
9 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Cameroon
  • Unlawful Detention

"You don’t know us and yet you defend our freedom"

In their legitimate war on Boko Haram, the Cameroonian authorities have violated the rights of some of the very people they were supposed to be protecting. This includes Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob. These three young men have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sending a sarcastic message about Boko Haram. I visited them in Yaoundé’s main prison on 21 November last. They remain dignified at this difficult time and are convinced that, with everyone’s support, they will very soon be able to rejoin their families and achieve their dream: to continue their studies and find a job.

Date:
5 December 2016
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Unlawful Killings

Cameroon : 130 people still missing 20 months after their arrest

Authorities in Cameroon must provide answers about the whereabouts of 130 men and boys still unaccounted for 20 months after they were arrested in a crackdown on suspected Boko Haram members, Amnesty International said today on the International Day of the Disappeared. “The Cameroonian authorities must come clean about the fate of these 130 missing men and boys. The government’s continued failure to reveal their whereabouts adds insult to injury to the families who have already waited a long time for news of their loved ones,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Regional Director.

Date:
29 August 2016
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Cameroon: More than 1,000 people accused of supporting Boko Haram held in horrific conditions, some tortured to death

Up to eight people dying each month as a result of desperately overcrowded conditions in Maroua Prison More than 100 people, including women, sentenced to death before military courts Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon killed nearly 500 people in the last year More than 1,000 people, many arrested arbitrarily, are being held in horrific conditions and dozens are dying from disease and malnutrition or have been tortured to death, as part of the Cameroonian government and security forces crackdown on Boko Haram, Amnesty International revealed in a new report published today.

Date:
14 July 2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Cameroon: Right cause, wrong means: human rights violated and justice denied in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram

The report documents how Cameroon’s authorities and security forces have arbitrarily arrested hundreds of individuals accused of supporting Boko Haram, often with little or no evidence, and detained them in inhumane, often life-threatening conditions. Some have died in custody as a result of torture; others have been subjected to enforced disappearance, and their fate remains unknown to date. The report also documents how, in cases brought to justice, detainees’ rights are routinely denied, and how the use of the anti-terrorist legislation and military courts leaves them with virtually no procedural guarantees.

Date:
14 July 2016
Ref:
AFR 17/4260/2016
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  • Cameroon
  • Armed Groups

Cameroon: Boko Haram attack brings total killed to nearly 500 in a year

At least 480 civilians have been killed since Boko Haram has significantly increased its attacks in Cameroon and begun deliberately targeting civilians in suicide bombings, Amnesty International said today. On the evening of Wednesday 29 June, 6 people were killed when a young boy detonated a bomb in Djakana, a district of the town of Limani in northern Cameroon, near the Nigerian border. The bomber died on the spot.

Date:
30 June 2016
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Groups

Boko Haram Summit: Human rights must be foundation of regional response

Accountability for human rights violations and abuses should be an indispensable part of the regional response to Boko Haram, Amnesty International said today. As world leaders meet today for the Regional Security Summit in Abuja to discuss the collective effort to defeat Boko Haram and reconstruct the Lake Chad region, Amnesty International calls on them to ensure that justice remains a priority and to increase efforts to protect civilians.

Date:
14 May 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Press Freedom

These journalists are under attack just for doing their job

Journalism is not a crime, yet the principles of free speech and a free press are threatened right across the world. To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, we’re highlighting nine cases of journalists who have been locked up, tortured, threatened or even killed just for speaking out. 1. Shawkan, Egypt Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as “Shawkan”, has spent nearly three years in jail after photographing the violent response of security forces to a sit-in protest in Cairo.

Date:
3 May 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Cameroon
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cameroon: Three Cameroon journalists’ risk prison term: Baba Wame, Felix Ebola Bola and Rodrigue Tongue

Cameroonian journalists Baba Wame, Felix Ebole Bola and Rodrigue Tongue are on trial for ‘non-denunciation’ of information and sources at the Military Tribunal of Yaoundé, Cameroon for upholding journalism ethics in not disclosing their sources of information. If convicted, they could face between one to five years in prison.

Date:
8 March 2016
Ref:
AFR 17/3586/2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Cameroon: Authorities must drop “non-denunciation” charges against three journalists

Cameroonian authorities must immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against three journalists accused of failing to disclose information and sources, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders said on the eve of their trial before a military court. Journalists Baba Wame, Rodrigue Ndeutchoua Tongue, and Félix Cyriaque Ebolé Bola are due to appear before a military court in Yaoundé tomorrow.

Date:
21 January 2016
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Groups

Cameroon: Authorities fail to shed light on fate of 130 people missing for one year

The Cameroonian authorities must come clean over the fate of 130 people rounded up and detained by Cameroonian forces a year ago following security operations against Boko Haram, said Amnesty International on the anniversary of their enforced disappearance. On 27 December 2014, more than 200 boys and men were arrested by security forces in the villages of Magdeme and Doublé. The government claims that 70 suspected Boko Haram members were arrested and that 25 of them had died that night in custody.

Date:
22 December 2015
  • Research
  • Cameroon
  • International Organizations

The Human Rights Council must continue to address human rights abuses and violations against civilians by Boko Haram and security forces in Nigeria and Cameroon

In light of the ongoing crimes under international law by the parties to the conflict and the absence of justice for victims and their families, Amnesty International urges the Human Rights Council to: - renew its request for the High Commissioner to report regularly to it on human rights abuses and violations committed in countries where Boko Haram operates. - ensure that requests for future reports call for OHCHR to receive the support necessary to fulfil those requests effectively; and, - call on the Governments of States affected by Boko Haram and those in a position to assist them to implement the recommendations made to them by the High Commissioner.

Date:
1 October 2015
Ref:
AFR 44/2570/2015
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Conflict

Boko Haram remains a deadly threat in the region despite military advances

At least 1,600 civilians killed by Boko Haram in last 4 months More than 3,500 civilians killed by Boko Haram in 2015 Nigeria yet to investigate military abuses  Almost 400 civilians and dozens of security personnel killed by Boko Haram in Cameroon since January 2014 Despite advances by the military, attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have claimed the lives of at least 1,600 people since the start of June, bringing the death toll to at least 3,500 civilians in 2015 alone, said Amnesty International as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) discusses a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on the conflict.

Date:
30 September 2015