from ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – CAMEROON’S authoritarian government has been urged to investigate soldiers filmed in a video executing a woman, child and a baby accused of being members of the Boko Haram.
The video has sent shockwaves on social media.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, said President Paul Biya’s administration must probe the recorded incident.
“I am deeply worried that these killings captured on camera may not be isolated cases,” Al Hussein he said.
The alleged killing of the vulnerable trio coincides with persistent reports of human rights violations and abuses in the English-speaking regions demanding autonomy after decades of alleged marginalization by the government dominated by French speakers.
The skirmishes between separatists and security forces have led to the killings of dozens of people from the warring parties.
UN figures indicate that more than 21 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, while 160 000 civilians have been internally displaced by the violence.
There are reports that government forces are responsible for some killings, excessive use of force, burning down of houses, arbitrary detention and torture.
Al Hussein said it was regrettable that Cameroon had failed to grant the UN Human Rights Office access to the troubled Northwest and Southwest regions despite repeated requests.
He said his office would now need to explore other options, including remote monitoring.
The protests against structural discrimination began in 2016 and escalated into violence a year later in the Northwest and Southwest regions.
– CAJ News