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US Cuts Aid to Cameroon after Human Rights Violations

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7Dnews London

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:11 GMT

The United States said on February 6th it is cutting some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns and allegations of abuses by security forces, AP has reported.

The US decision comes after videos circulated online last year showing Cameroonian security forces shooting and killing civilians, including women with infants strapped to their backs. The videos were documented by Amnesty International and global media outlets.

The top US diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy, said in December that he feared the separatist crisis in Cameroon could get "much, much" worse and warned against a "brutal response" to extremism, saying it could lead to radicalisation.

The Pentagon and State Department said the reduced US support involves armoured vehicles, boats, aircraft parts, helicopter training and an invitation to a partnership programme.

"We do not take these measures lightly, but we will not shirk from reducing assistance further if evolving conditions require it," the State Department said.

"We emphasise that it is in Cameroon's interest to show greater transparency in investigating credible allegations of gross violations of human rights by security forces, particularly in the northwest, southwest, and far north regions."


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