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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Introduces Resolution Calling For A Respect Of Human Rights In Cameroon

May 7, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced legislation calling on the government of Cameroon and all armed factions to respect human rights and the rule of law in addition to adopting nonviolent methods to resolve conflict.

“The ongoing crisis and violence taking place in Cameroon at this very moment is something that deserves the attention of the world. Both the government and armed groups must be held accountable for their role in the violation of fundamental human rights. The rule of law must be adhered to regarding the civil liberties of all Cameroonian citizens including the right to free speech and assembly without the threat of being detained or executed.

“Numerous human rights observers have documented the killing of traditional leaders and the targeting of women, children, and the elderly by armed groups who are perceived to be associated with the Government of Cameroon. Meanwhile, the Government of Cameroon security forces have attacked medical facilities and health workers in the Northwest and Southwest regions and charged journalists, social activists, and members of political opposition parties with terrorism, having them prosecuted in military tribunals.

“The situation in Cameroon continues to deteriorate.  In addition to hundreds of deaths, hundreds of thousands have been displaced.  All parties must come together to find a peaceful resolution to this conflict.”

The resolution is calling on the Government of Cameroon and all armed groups to respect the human rights of all Cameroonian citizens, to end all violence, and to pursue a broad-based dialogue without preconditions to resolve the conflict in the Northwest and Southwest regions.  You can read the full text here.  The resolution was cosponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ); Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC); Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN); and Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX).