Cameroon: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th May 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to end the alleged genocide of English-speaking Cameroons; and whether they will consult with the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria, the UNHCR and the Catholic bishops of the Cameroons about appropriate measures to enable refugees in Nigeria to return home or be re-settled.

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We continue to urge the Government of Cameroon to pursue an inclusive and purposeful dialogue to address Anglophone grievances.

During her recent visit to Cameroon the Minister for Africa (Mrs Baldwin) met with the Prime Minister and the Ministers of External Relations, Territorial Administration, and Defence where they discussed the ongoing tensions in Cameroon's Anglophone regions. She reinforced the importance of respecting human rights in a challenging security environment.

During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting the Foreign Secretary met Cameroonian Prime Minister Yang and pressed for urgent action to resolve the dispute and associated violence. The Minister for Africa also met with Commonwealth Minister Mbayu and gave the same message. She confirmed that the UK stands ready to help and engage with international organisations such as the UNHCR and the Catholic Church in resolving the crisis, including the refugee situation, through dialogue.

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