Cameroon: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Cameroon.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development), Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Our High Commission in Yaoundé continues to follow events in the Anglophone regions closely, meeting opposition groups, human rights defenders and the Cameroonian authorities. The lack of verifiable information on the human rights situation, including allegations of rape, makes it difficult to give an accurate assessment. However, the High Commissioner will continue to raise our concerns with the Cameroonian authorities, including Cameroon's obligations under international law in respect to human rights. The British Government condemns sexual violence in conflict and is working with foreign governments, the United Nations, African Union, and international organisations to end it.

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