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Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation, says UN rights chief

Persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon — including a widely shared video showing the alleged execution of a woman, child and baby — must be investigated by the authorities urgently, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday. Amid a backdrop of protests in the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions […]

West Africa-Sahel: signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security […]

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I like Nigeria a lot. It’s an appealing country – Emmanuel Macron to Buhari

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday met with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari to support the West African nation’s efforts to eliminate the terrorist Boko Haram group. Macron arrived in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria, in the early hours of Tuesday, where he held a joint press conference with his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari. The […]

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Boko Haram: Amnesty accuses Nigerian troops of rape

Nigeria’s military has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity including torture, rape and killing of civilians during its fight against terrorist group Boko Haram, according to claims in a new report by human rights group Amnesty International. The 89-page report, based on hundreds of interviews, said the crimes were perpetrated for years and have […]

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Cameroon uses anti-terror law to silence Journalists – RSF

Cameroon is a dangerous place for any objective-minded journalist, a recent report by media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontières, has said. According to the right group, many journalists in the central African nation have got into trouble with the government for venturing into certain areas of national life considered too delicate. The 2018 Press Freedom […]

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United States lifts travel ban on Chad

US President Donald Trump has lifted the controversial travel ban imposed on Chad about six months ago. According to the White House, Chad is “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States,” and has “shown willingness” to make improvements in immigration and border management. Chadian foreign minister, Cherif Mahamat Zene, welcomed the lifting […]

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Nigeria: Boko Haram coordinated attacks leave 18 killed

Boko Haram launched overnight coordinated attacks on a military camp and villages around the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores, Nigerian officials said Monday. The terror group fighters attacked a military base in the Cashew Plantation area at the entrance to the city with suicide bombers, mortars and guns, […]

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France issues travel warning for Cameroon’s Anglophone regions

The French government on Monday declared Cameroon’s Anglophone regions a ‘no-go’ area and warned its citizens against all but essential travel to areas like the Far North region notorious for Boko Haram attacks and the area along the border with Central African Republic and Chad. According to the advisory, travel to the Northwest and Southwest […]

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Nigeria’s kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls freed

Nigeria’s insurgent group Boko Haram on Wednesday morning returned 76 of the recently abducted school girls in the town of Dapachi in Nigeria’s Yobe State, the government confirmed. More than 110 schoolgirls were feared missing after the attack on the village of Dapachi in the Northeastern state of Yobe in Nigeria last month. A statement […]

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Nigeria negotiating for release of abducted schoolgirls – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria said Nigerian authorities prefer to negotiate with Boko Haram group which abducted schoolgirls for the release of the hostages rather than resorting to military action. Nigeria prefers to have the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather […]

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