Cameroon – Fight against Boko Haram: According to the Ministry of Justice, human rights remain respected despite the atrocities of the sect

Written by Deckson N.

The 2015 report on the issue was made public. It said that Cameroon had not opted for radical measures.

On 21 December 2016, the Ministry of Justice (MINJUSTICE) published its 2015 report on the fight against the terrorist sect Boko Haram. In this nearly 1000-page document, double the volume of 2014, the Ministry in charge of Justice indicates that despite the atrocities committed by members of the Boko Haram sect, the State of Cameroon has respected Human rights in the treatment of the latter.

Professor Jean Pierre Fogui Minister Delegate to the Minister of Justice, at the presentation ceremony last week, said that “despite the barbarity and blind violence of terrorists, the Government of Cameroon decided to fight them in the Respect for human rights and international conventions “.

In order to show concretely that Cameroon is evolving in a context that could have pushed her to hardening, the 2015 report of MINJUSTICE underlines that, for example, in frontal attacks against Cameroonian defense forces, exactions against civilian populations and the use of Anti-personnel mines since 2015, Boko Haram added “a new strategy of terror and violence: suicide attacks” with the regular use of children recruited for this purpose. Professor Jean Pierre Fogui therefore recalled that members of the terrorist sect who are arrested are considered prisoners of war and enjoy a fair trial.

On the other hand, the report reveals that some agents of the security forces are currently being prosecuted for “discrepancies” with regard to prisoners of war.

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