Cameroon: Stop Sending Refugees to their Deaths

Target: Paul Biya, President of Cameroon

Goal: End the deportation of Nigerian refugees.

More than 100,000 Nigerian refugees have allegedly been deported from neighboring Cameroon and sent back to a warzone. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), many of the refugees were seeking safety in Cameroon after fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. By reportedly deporting these refugees back to Nigeria, Cameroon has violated the 1951 Refugee Convention, according to HRW. The organization also accused Cameroonian soldiers of torturing and abusing refugees before deporting them.

“They humiliated us like animals and beat us like we were slaves,” one Nigerian refugee told HRW, after stating that his brother had been beaten to death by Cameroonian soldiers. For the refugees that survive the return to Nigeria, HRW has warned they face “war, displacement and destitution.”

“Cameroon’s mass deportation of asylum seekers to Nigeria amounts to one of the worst breaches in recent times of the international principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits the forcible return of refugees and asylum seekers to places where they risk persecution,” the organization stated.

Sign this petition to demand Cameroon offer aid – not violence and persecution – to Nigerian refugees.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Biya,

Cameroon has been accused of abusing and deporting thousands of Nigerian refugees. These refugees are fleeing violence in their homeland, and look to Cameroon for safety. Instead, on arrival they face violence and torture, according to Human Rights Watch. The organization has warned that over 100,000 refugees have already been forcibly returned to Cameroon, where they face more abuse at the hands of Boko Haram.

Cameroon should play a constructive role in the current refugee crisis, and not allow itself to become yet another abuser of innocent people seeking safety. We demand you end the forced deportation of Nigerian refugees, and commit to defending their human rights.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: H Caux/UNHCR

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop it!

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