The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Cameroon of forcibly deporting 100,000 Nigerian refugees escaping Islamist violence, as well as attacking and sexually exploiting them.
Since early 2015, the Cameroonian authorities have summarily deported not less than 100,000 Nigerians living in remote border areas back to war, displacement and destitution in Nigeria’s Borno state according to the organization,
Cameroonian soldiers have frequently used extreme physical violence’ In carrying out these deportations, It’s like refugees are being “punished” for Boko Haram attacks.
Earlier this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) criticised Cameroon for forcibly returning hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria. It said the returns had “continued unabated”, despite the signing of an agreement ensuring that any returns would be voluntary.
The Cameroonian authorities have previously said that Boko Haram terrorists have been entering the country disguised as refugees. The UNHCR says forced return constitutes a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1969 OAU Convention, both of which Cameroon has ratified.
It has previously called on Cameroon to honour its obligations under the conventions and continue keeping its borders open to allow access to territory and asylum procedures for people fleeing the Islamist insurgency.
Meanwhile, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State said yesterday that his greatest wish was for his successor not to inherit the problems of internally displaced persons, IDPs and Boko Haram crisis as he did in 2011.
Boko Haram has reigned nothing but terror in the North East part of Nigeria.The government has claimed success but all indication shows that’s far the truth.