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HRW accuses the Cameroonian army of forcing civilians to protect themselves from possible Islamist attacks

July 10, 2020

Cameroonian army soldiers stationed in the far north, the scene of attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), have forced civilians to stand guard overnight to alert them to possible attacks by Islamists Human Rights Watch (HRW) complaint.

The reported events occurred between mid-March and early April in Mozongo. Those who refused to perform the task were beaten or threatened by the military, although the beatings had stopped due to complaints from local NGOs and the National Human Rights Commission. However, the population still lives in fear of recurrence.

“The Cameroonian authorities should immediately stop forcing civilians to watch the night and instead use legal means to protect civilians,” said HRW Director for Africa Lewis Mudge.

HRW accuses the Cameroonian army of forcing civilians to protect themselves from possible Islamist attacksHRW accuses the Cameroonian army of forcing civilians to protect themselves from possible Islamist attacks

“The Cameroonian authorities should investigate the suspected beatings, threats and forced labor, and those responsible for the security forces should be brought to justice,” he said.