Cameroon: Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 4 March 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department plans to take steps at the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council to work with other state members to help tackle the human rights crisis in Cameroon on the need for (a) accountability for attacks by separatist fighters on teachers and school children, (b) accountability for attacks on civilians by government forces and (c) an end to attacks on members of the LGBTQ+ community by government security forces; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government remains deeply concerned about the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon, including the disturbing reports of human rights abuses and violations by both armed separatists and the security forces.

We work with international partners, including France and the United States, to raise the crisis in multilateral fora. At the UN Human Rights Council in September, the UK called for an end to violence and impartial investigations to hold the perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses to account. We continue to regularly raise specific human rights concerns with the Government of Cameroon. We also urge the Government to remain engaged with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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