UN Calls For An Independent Probe Into Cameroon Village Mass Killing Incident

Around 23 villagers, including 14 children and two pregnant women were found dead, on February 14, in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon

Map showing the affected area of Cameroon (Image Credit: AFP News Agency/Twitter)

United Nations has called for an impartial and independent probe in the case of Cameroon village mass killing in which 23 people were found dead, on February 14, 2020, in the English-speaking regions of the African nation.

On Tuesday, February 18, speaking from Geneva, spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said in a press conference that the majority of those who died included children with nine of them being under the age group of 5, and that this incident “is a shocking episode in the ongoing crisis that has afflicted the country’s North-West and South-West regions for the past three years”.

Telling about the killing and how the village people were shot dead by the armed forces, Mr. Colville told the reports:

Witnesses said some 40 armed men, including members of the security and defence forces, attacked the village of Ngarbuh, in the department of Donga Mantung in North-West Cameroon, opening fire on people and burning down houses.

The authorities said defence forces and gendarmes came under attack from people inside the village with the exchange of shots igniting a fire that affected several dwellings.

Speaking about the probe into the case, he said:

We urge the authorities (Government of Cameroon) to ensure that the investigation is independent, impartial and thorough, and that those responsible are held fully to account.

The current incident of mass killing in Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions has been preceded by a serious crisis, affecting the country, for the last three years.

Meanwhile, the armed forces of the country involved in the killing have denied any responsibility for the crime and said that it was an "unfortunate accident" which was caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight. 

Source: ohchr.org/press briefing note on Cameroon

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