Human Rights: Cameroonian Military dispels allegations of abuses

The Cameroonian Military through their Communication department has once more denied in strong terms human rights abuses in the North West and South West regions attributed to them by the Human Rights Watch.

According to the press release, the spokesman of the Cameroon Defence Forces noted that the online report from the Human Rights Watch presented the Cameroonian military as a centre of destruction, rape and murder.

The report posted on February 26, 2021 zoomed in on the activities of the personnel of the Defence and Security Forces on March 1, 2020 in Ebam, Eyumojock Sub-division, Manyu Division in the South West region.

According to the Defence Ministry, on Saturday, February 29 to Sunday, March 1, 2020 a cordon and search operation carried out by the 22nd Motorised Infantry Battalion in the fief of the seperatist fighters.

The aim according to the Cameroon Military was to dislodge the camp and neutralise the elements that have used the zone to carry out their notorious activities.

The detachment was made up of 20 servicemen and not 50 soldiers as written by the Human Rights Watch.

The operation unvieled the following
# One locally manufactured weapon and ammunition were recovered
# Sixteen motorcycles confiscated
# One terrorist neutralised
# Thirty-five individuals arrested and placed at the disporsal of the Mamfe Gendarmerie Company for questioning and later released.

“Human Rights Watch has never reported objectively on the events in the NW and SW regions but always opting at the slightest opportunity for a systematic relentless and demonization of the Cameroon’s Defence Forces.” The release states.

Conclusively, the Cameroon Military notes that they continue to carry out their missions in accordance with the rules of engagement and are able to maintain heavy disciplinary hand over men who violate the rules.

Benly Anchunda


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