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

April 7, 2020 • Press Release

Armed conflicts and state repression in Africa fuel cocktail of human rights violations

HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA: Protesters across sub-Saharan Africa have braved bullets and beatings to defend their rights in the face of continuing conflict and state repression, Amnesty International said today …

February 6, 2019 • Press Release

United States Must Center Human Rights and Suspend Security Assistance to Cameroon

In response to reports that the US government has decided to cut security and military aid to Cameroon amid concerns over its human rights record, Adotei Akwei, deputy director for …

February 1, 2019 • Press Release

Deadliest Boko Haram attack on Rann leaves at least 60 people murdered in Nigeria

At least 60 people were killed following the January 28 devastating Boko Haram attack on Rann, a border town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, Amnesty International has confirmed. The organization …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.