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Cameroon: Homicide

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of which party or parties were responsible for the Ngarbuh massacre in Cameroon on 14th February.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The British Government is deeply concerned about reports of human rights violations and abuses by both security forces and armed separatists in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon. The killing of civilians, including children, on 14 February in Ngarbuh was appalling. In my statement of 19 February I called for an urgent and transparent investigation into what happened, and for those responsible to be held accountable. These messages were reiterated by the UK at the Human Rights Council on 27 February. We continue to call for restraint, an end to the violence and inclusive dialogue about the root causes of the crisis.

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