Report: Abusive detentions on the rise in Cameroon

Abusive detention related complaints registered in Cameroon increased to 79 in 2014 compared to 27 in 2013, report says.

The 2014 National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF) also said Cameroon grappled with ‘new’ security challenges posed by the Nigerian terror group, the Boko Haram and rebels near the border with war-ton Central African Republic.

The document was presented in the Cameroon capital, Yaounde on Thursday.

A fair trial

The NCHRF chairman, Dr Chemuta Divine Banda, said the right to a fair trial, with reference to abusive detention, was problematic in Cameroon as a result of “new security challenges”.

The Boko Haram that has waged an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009, began cross border raids into Cameroon in 2013 and multiplied attacks in 2014.

The report highlighted that recurring Boko Haram attacks in the Far North and the repercussions of the political and military conflict in the CAR, particularly affected the situation of human rights across Cameroon in 2014.

Elite forces

In another report published earlier this year, Amnesty International said Boko Haram committed several human rights violations and war crimes in Cameroon, killing at least 380 people in the country in 2014.

The London-based rights group had also claimed the country’s security elite forces committed numerous and serious human rights violations while protecting civilians from Boko Haram attacks in some villages in the Far North region of Cameroon.