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 discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the human rights implications of the (a) activities of the Cameroonian armed forces and (b) relationship between those activities and Boko Haram.

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)

Senior officials regularly discuss the situation in Cameroon with their P3 counterparts. The British Government is absolutely clear that human rights are universal and must apply equally to all, and that all allegations of abuse must be investigated. It is also an irrefutable fact that respect for human rights is a crucial part of countering extremism, regardless of the security situation, and I have made this point clear when meeting Cameroonian Ministers.

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