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    June 18, 2015

    Posted at 0001hrs GMT  19 June 2015

    Cameroonian authorities must immediately end the six-month illegal detention of 84 children – some as young as five years-old - who were rounded up during a raid on Quranic schools in the far north of the country, Amnesty International said today.

    On 20 December 2014, Cameroonian security forces raided a series of schools in a town called Guirvidig, arresting 84 children and 43 men – including many teachers. All but three of the children are under 15 years old and 47 are under 10. The authorities claim the schools were being used as fronts for ‘Boko Haram training camps’.

    Six months on, the children remain detained in a children’s centre in Maroua, the main city of the northern region, despite having been charged with no crimes. In the absence of provisions from local authorities, Unicef provided mattresses for the centre while the World Food Program has been providing food stocks, which are now running low.

    March 17, 2015

    The Cameroonian authorities must ensure humane treatment for detained journalist Gerard Kuissu, Amnesty International said today. His treatment must comply with international human rights law and Cameroon must ensure that he enjoys all fair trial rights and guarantees against ill-treatment.

    Gerard Kuissu, an online journalist and coordinator of human rights group ‘Tribunal Article 53’ was arrested with three of his colleagues in the night of Saturday, 14 March, in Douala after meeting Amnesty International delegates visiting the country. His three colleagues were released the same night after two and a half hours of questioning, while Gerard Kuissu was transferred to a detention facility in the capital Yaoundé managed by the Ministry of Defence. He should either be charged with a recognizably criminal offence or released. He has been held without charge for three days.

    January 16, 2014

     

    Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, a 34-year-old former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, recently died an untimely death in Cameroon.        © Private

    Jean-Claude Roger Mbede died an untimely death on 10 January in his hometown, Ngoumou, Cameroon.

    According to media reports, his family prevented him from receiving necessary medical treatment – leaving him fighting for his life whilst his lawyers fought in the courts to appeal his earlier conviction for “homosexuality”.

    January 24, 2013

    People in Cameroon are being subjected to a raft of abuses including unlawful killings and torture as the authorities seek to use the criminal justice system to clamp down on political opponents, human rights defenders and journalists and as a weapon to attack lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, Amnesty International said in a new report.

    “It’s time to put an end to such blatant violations of human rights,” says Godfrey Byaruhanga, Amnesty International’s central Africa researcher who has recently returned from the country.

    “The government needs to make it clear to security forces that human rights violations will not be tolerated – that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and reparations paid to victims.”

    In the report, Amnesty International documents a series of cases where fear, intimidation and imprisonment have been used to clamp down on political opposition to President Paul Biya.

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