facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Cameroon said blatantly violating rights

Jan. 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM   |   Comments

YAOUNDé, Cameroon, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Amnesty International Thursday called for Cameroon to end "blatant" human rights violations against critics and homosexual and transgender groups.

The report, based on visits to the central African nation by the group in December, documents the use of fear, intimidation and imprisonment against the opponents of President Paul Biya.

"It's time to put an end to such blatant violations of human rights," said Godfrey Byaruhanga, AI's central Africa researcher. 



Prisons in Cameroon are grossly overcrowded, AI reported. The human rights group found 7,000 inmates in two prisons with a combined capacity of 1,500. Inmates at one prison eat only meal a day.

Lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in custody are forced to undergo anal examinations to determine if they have had same-sex relationships, which are illegal in Cameroon.

He added that lawyers defending LGBTI inmates have been threatened, as have their children.

In their December visit, AI delegates said human rights violations they reported to Cameroon officials in 2010 were continuing.

The government claims it enforces the laws, but "has little to show for it on the ground," Byaruhanga said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
5-year-old girl in Idaho shot dead by another 5-year-old
2
Bachmann: Obama wants to use child immigrants for medical experiments
3
Bertha, second named storm of Atlantic hurricane season, heads for Caribbean
4
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
5
Bill Clinton claims he could have killed Osama Bin Laden
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback