Cameroon: Armed Forces

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd July 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports received on the alleged massacre of women and children by Cameroonian special forces.

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

The footage broadcast by British media on 17 July was shocking. I welcome President Biya's decision to open an urgent investigation. Any member of the Cameroonian security forces found to have been involved in human rights violations must be held accountable. There is no justification for such appalling acts. The UK's position on human rights is clear: they are universal and must apply equally to all.

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