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Ngarbuh Massacre: Human Rights Watch Urges Swift Justice

Ngarbuh Massacre: Human Rights Watch Urges Swift Justice

Paru le jeudi, 15 février 2024 12:42

The trial of three soldiers accused of involvement in the 2020 Ngarbuh massacre in Cameroon's Anglophone region has been repeatedly postponed, prompting a call for speedy justice from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Lewis Mudge, Central Africa director at HRW, criticized the delays in a statement published Wednesday. The Yaoundé military court has already postponed the case “three times, casting doubt on the ability of the military judicial system to deliver accountability for military abuse. It is scheduled to restart this week,” he wrote.

"With yet another hearing on the horizon, now is the time for judicial authorities to avoid further delays and commit to delivering justice," Mudge added.

The trial, which began in December 2020, is investigating the deaths of around 20 civilians, including children and a pregnant woman, killed in the Ngarbuh village attack on February 14, 2020. According to HRW, witnesses gave testimonies, and investigation reports were presented during the last hearing on November 16, 2023, before the recent string of postponements.

A commission of inquiry established by the Cameroonian government found in March 2020 that soldiers were involved in the massacre. Three soldiers were subsequently charged with murder.

Michel Ange Nga

Dernière modification le jeudi, 15 février 2024 12:45

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