Cameroon: Hospitals

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 29th November 2021.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the Cameroon military occupying a hospital in Shisong; and what discussions they have had with the government of that country in relation to this incident.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government is deeply concerned about recent reports of the Cameroon military storming a hospital in Shisong, in the North-West region of Cameroon. Reports of human rights abuses and violations by both armed separatists and the security forces in the North-West and South-West (Anglophone) regions of Cameroon are disturbing. We regularly raise these incidents and the crisis with the Government of Cameroon, including through our High Commission in Yaounde. On 15 November, alongside the Heads of Missions of Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, we publicly condemned attacks against civilians and urged for dialogue. We reiterate the need for continued and broadened dialogue to bring stakeholders together and address the root causes of the crisis. We have since reiterated these calls in our engagements with the Government of Cameroon.

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