UN calls for independent, impartial investigation into Cameroon Massacre

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The UN Human Rights Office is calling for an independent, impartial and thorough investigation into the Cameroon village massacre. 23 people were killed in the massacre in Cameroon’s Northwest Anglophone region on the 14th of February 2020.

After this shocking attack occurred, much information came forward. The U.N. Human Rights monitored the ground report saying 15 children and 9 under the age of 5 were killed. Two pregnant women are also a part of the victims. Since the incident, one has died of her injuries in the hospital.

UN investigated Cameroon Massacre Investigation

Rupert Colville, the U.N. human rights spokesman, said that the facts are still sketchy. But he said that VOA witnesses said that 40 armed men and members of the security and defence forces had attacked the village.

“The authorities claim there was gunfire coming out of the village towards them — towards the defence forces and gendarmes,” Colville said. “Our understanding is that two houses, in particular, were targeted. But the upshot of that — the number of children killed, and pregnant women is really horrifying.” 

Since 2016 hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and clashes between security and defence forces and armed separatist groups have escalated since 2016. It was when a separatist insurgency erupted in the minority English – speaking Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon against the dominance of the French-speaking government.

Condition after Massacre

After the massacre, the Cameroon government has announced it would mount an investigation into the killings and the findings would be made public. The UN human rights office urged the authorities to ensure the independence and impartiality of the investigation and to hold those responsible to account.

In the meantime, the United Nation reported that 2.3 million people in Cameroon urgently need food, shelter, non-food items and protection because of the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest. It added that the majority of those in need remain within these two regions.

The aid agencies of the United Nations are urgently appealing for $317 million so that they can carry out their life – saving mission this year.

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