Human Rights in Cameroon

Human Rights Concerns

A $3.7 billion oil project, sub-Saharan Africa's single largest private sector investment, involves a 650-mile pipeline that stretches from Chad to Cameroon. However, poor oversight and government instability are putting local communities and the environment in harms way. Our report Contracting Out of Human Rights highlights the potential dangers to human rights posed by investment agreements underpinning the pipeline project, as well as the need for a new approach to investment that ensures respect for human rights.

The country is cracking down on former government officials and heads of government-owned companies accused of corruption. But the government continues to muzzle critics of its policies, including journalists and human rights defenders.

The Cameroonian Penal Code criminalizes same-sex sexual relations. Amnesty International has documented the arrest and detention of several dozen young men and women, some of whom, have been sentenced to prison terms and fines for allegedly engaging in consensual same-sex sexual relations.

Cameroon Newsroom

November 5, 2018 • Press Release

Cameroon: 70 schoolchildren taken in mass abduction must be freed

Following the abduction of at least 70 schoolchildren in Cameroon’s Anglophone region, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International Deputy regional director for West and Central Africa said: “These appalling abductions show just how general population is paying the highest price as violence escalates in the Anglophone region. “The abduction of schoolchildren and teachers can never be justified. …

October 4, 2018 • Press Release

Cameroon: Next government must tackle human rights crises in violence-hit regions

Cameroon’s next government must urgently tackle human rights crises in which hundreds of civilians have been killed this year alone and thousands internally displaced amid violence by security forces, Boko Haram and armed separatists in the country’s Far North and Anglophone regions, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday’s presidential election. “Whoever wins the election cannot …

July 12, 2018 • Press Release

Cameroon: Credible evidence that Army personnel responsible for shocking extrajudicial executions caught on video

An investigation by Amnesty International experts has gathered credible evidence that it was Cameroonian soldiers depicted in a video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children. While an investigation has now been announced, the Ministry of Communication earlier dismissed video footage of the killings as “fake news”. Extensive analysis …

December 6, 2017 • Press Release

UN Committee tells Cameroon to put an end to torture by security forces in the fight against Boko Haram

Cameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published today by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture by security forces fighting Boko Haram, Amnesty International said.

September 21, 2017 • Press Release

Cameroon: Human rights groups demand release of students sentenced to 10 years over Boko Haram joke text

Authorities in Cameroon should drop all charges and release three students each sentenced to 10 years in prison for sharing a joke via SMS about Boko Haram, Amnesty International, the Réseau des défenseurs des droits humains en Afrique centrale (REDHAC) and Nouveaux droits de l’homme (NDH) Cameroun said today.

September 5, 2017 • Press Release

Boko Haram’s renewed campaign sparks sharp rise in civilian deaths

A major resurgence in Boko Haram attacks and suicide bombings in Cameroon and Nigeria has left at least 381 civilians dead in the five months since the start of April 2017, with casualties more than double the previous five months, Amnesty International said today.

July 19, 2017 • Report

Cameroon’s secret torture chambers: human rights violations and war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram’

Hundreds of people in Cameroon accused of supporting Boko Haram, often without evidence, are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

May 24, 2017 • Press Release

Authorities shut down an Amnesty International press conference in Cameroon

Authorities in Cameroon have shut down an Amnesty International press conference scheduled to take place in Yaoundé this morning. The press conference was calling attention to the case of three students who were sentenced to 10 years in prison for sending a sarcastic text about Boko Haram.

December 9, 2016 • Press Release

Cameroon: Excessive force that led to deaths of protesters must be urgently investigated

Authorities in Cameroon must investigate the use of excessive and unnecessary force that led to the deaths of between two and four people during a protest in the north western city of Bamenda yesterday, Amnesty International said today.

November 2, 2016 • Press Release

Cameroon: Military court imposes 10-year sentence on young men who joked about Boko Haram

Three students in Cameroon were sentenced by a military court to 10 years in prison today after sending a sarcastic text message about Boko Haram. Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob were convicted for “non-denunciation of terrorist acts.”