The United States Must Not Deport People to Cameroon

Amnesty International USA calls upon the Trump administration to refrain from deporting people to Cameroon, as the administration schedules deportations this week from Alexandria Airport in Louisiana. The organization is also concerned about the threat of imminent deportation of Cameroonians now being held at the Prairieland detention center in Texas. The Trump administration’s aggressive anti-immigration policies enforced by ICE would place hundreds and possibly thousands of Cameroonians seeking safety in the Unites States at risk upon their return to the Central African nation. Cameroon is struggling with three concurrent crises: the widening conflict between the anglophone and the francophone regions; clashes between the government and armed separatists who are demanding greater autonomy; and a culture of impunity to human rights violations that has been created by the 37-year administration of President Paul Biya.

“Given the current conditions in the country, it is extremely likely that anyone who is returned to Cameroon will face a high risk of being detained, beaten, disappeared, tortured, or possibly even killed,” stated Adotei Akwei, Amnesty international USA’s deputy director of Advocacy and Government Relations. “We are calling on the U.S. government to halt all deportations during this deadly pandemic and are alarmed that it is pursuing these deportations to Cameroon. The United States has both a legal and a moral imperative to welcome those fleeing conflict and persecution to the country: Cameroonians have established vibrant and thriving communities in the United States and people in this country are eager to welcome their new neighbors to safety.”

Background

Amnesty International and other international and United States-based human rights organizations have linked the Cameroonian security forces to extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture, destruction of homes and livelihoods, and arbitrary detention of persons they suspect being members or supporters of Boko Haram or the armed anglophone groups. Civilians are also consistently targeted by Boko Haram and the armed separatists’ groups on suspicion of being government supporters.

Nearly 700,000 people have been displaced and several thousand have been killed since the conflict began, with over 3.9 million currently in need of humanitarian support.

This week, Freedom for Immigrants, Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Cameroonian American Council (CAC), Detention Watch Network (DWN), Natchez Network, Haitian Bridge Alliance, and Families for Freedom, together filed a multi-individual complaint with the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), condemning the agency for deploying excessive force to coerce Cameroonian asylum seekers into signing their own deportation papers. The complaint describes the coercive tactics, including threats of violence, taking of fingerprints while individuals are in restraint, and the use of pepper spray against those who decline to sign their deportation papers. Advocates allege that these abuses are in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the U.S. has ratified, as well as ICE’s own standards.

As part of the #RightsNow! Campaign, Amnesty International USA has called on the United States to halt all deportations during the pandemic. COVID-19 has spread throughout U.S. detention facilities, where people are currently being held in unsanitary, and sometimes deadly, conditions. The U.S. government continues to transfer people between facilities and to deport them to other countries.

Thousands of people have tested positive for COVID-19 in detention, and at least 11 countries have confirmed receiving COVID-positive deported people.

Read more:

Cameroon: Anglophone regions gripped by deadly violence (report, 6/11/18)

New video in Cameroon shows more brutal killings by armed forces (news, 8/10/18)

Next government in Cameroon must tackle human rights crises in violence-hit regions (10/4/18)

United States Must Center Human Rights and Suspend Security Assistance to Cameroon (2/6/19)

Opposition leader and more than a hundred supporters face the death penalty in Cameroon (2/20/19)

Media contact: Mariya Parodi, [email protected]

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15 comments

  1. THE US, IS BOWING TO LITTLE fRANCE AND THIS IS SHAMEFUL AND SAD.

  2. Tapang Ivo, Eric Tataw, Chris Anu, Sako Ikome, Ebenezer Akwanka and others…your time is coming! Pray the Americans lock you because if wuna land LRC e go bad for wuna.

    Where dem dey? I bet that MTTB money don start for sour like kumkum

    Kikikikikikikikiki

    • BJ,

      Gen. Ayake has been deported by BIR to the evil forests of Amba.

      Kikikikiki….only a mad man thinks he can face a State…

      • ZZ,

        I see am oh. I don buy my kumkum for some paysan reme for my secteur. I go knack am with better soup for celebrate. I need tumbu liquor for washam down.

        Where dem dey? Kikikikikikikikikikikii

  3. pls deport them , America is a sovereignty country .

  4. They should be sent to ground zero straigh away.
    We don’t even need them to Cameroun.
    The brave Amba Boys Will deal with them.

  5. hahahahaha this ambazonia thing and comedy. what if eric tataw and barata land for douala airport. hahahahahaha. let’s try to join hands and fix Cameroon. Biya is not good but i thing separation is not an option.
    After Amzonia seperate we should be ready to fight another war which is between NW and South West people.

  6. Is everyone to be deported an Ambazonian? Wickedness, has been planted in your brains.
    Biya, left a very bad legacy behind and may his soul sleep to have no peace.

    • Joshua, everyone else did not steal money and sponsor kidnappings and beheadings. They shouldn’t be deported. However, Tapang Ivo Tanku, Chris Anu, Sako Ikome, Ebenezer Akwanka, Eric Tataw etc are guilty and should be sent to Cameroon.

      Kikikikikikikiki

  7. Most of you reacting and commenting don’t understanding those the US Goverment is intending to deport back to their various Countries.

    The deportation is for Ayslum Seekers who are entering the US through Mexico. It has nothing to do with those having their Green Cards or Passports.

    Stop day dreaming that one day the US Goverment will ever deport any Southern Cameroonian to La Republique du Cameroun. America is not Nigeria .

    • Ashu Agbor,

      I know the article is about ICE detainees but don’t blame me for wishing that Eric Tataw, Ivo Tapang Tanku, Ebenezer Akwanga, Chris Anu, Sako Ikome should be deported to the place their crimes of kidnapping, mutilations and murder were committed.

      The Americans should first have them serve time for fraud and corruption. Kikikikikikikikiki

      My friend, this is bigger than Biya or whatever. Keep on fooling people. When the above are facing their crimes, you go pay their legal fees?

      Time di come…MTTB accountability

  8. Anybody dreaming that francophone and Anglophone culture can ever unite is daydreaming. Canada can only survive as a very loose federation. Britain and France failed to achieve anything meaningful together.
    The nature of francophone governance as is practiced in larepublique today is not acceptable to us.

    • Epee Dibanda,

      I thought you had taken a break from mimbo but I see that the Cameroonian habit of writing when drunk is still in you.

      Kikikikikikikikikiki

      What is francophone and anglophone culture, eh bush man? I am sure you will swim to Ingland if Southern Cameroon was an actual British colony like Kenya or Nigeria.

      But then why waste time explaining this to a cult member. Na only Sako, Anu and Ayaba go show wuna pepper. Anglo-Saxon my nyash!

    • Epée Dipanda,

      go to CMR and see for yourself—just coming back.

      The Anglos you have fooled have since realised the hoax…they are all there in Y’dé opening various businesses: from restaurants, beauty saloons, tailoring…in fact they are all making it. Some are even saying had they known it b4 that there exist many opportunities in Y’dé/Dul in the past, they would have long crossed over to open big businesses.

      Anyway, this is CMR business—no Akwa Ibom business…

  9. @ Epee Dipanda. You are so foolish to know that your name alone is found in littoral region. Canada has both French & British colonial settlers alongside the indigenous people unlike Kamerun. Besides if you knew the history of USA you’ll know that a state like LOUISIANA was a former FRENCH COLONY JUST AS CALIFORNIA A FORMER SPANISH COLONY BUT THEY LIVE IN ONE COUNTRY WHERE THE MAJORITY (BRITISH) ASSIMILATED THE MINORITIES (FRENCH & SPANISH). You can find out & prove me I’M WRONG

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