Thousands of Nigerians forced out of Cameroon

Nigerians forced out of CameroonFrom ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – CAMEROON has forcefully returned over 2 600 refugees back to Nigeria despite the crisis triggered by the Boko Haram terror group intensifying.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed concern at the forced returns, which are of violation of the recent signing of the tripartite agreement aimed at, among other things, ensuring the voluntary nature of returns.
Nigeria and Cameroon signed a tripartite agreement with UNHCR in Yaounde, Cameroon on March 2 to facilitate the voluntary return of Nigerian refugees when conditions were conducive in their country.
Cameroon troops have returned the refugees against their will, without allowing them time to collect their belongings, a UNHCR spokesperson said.
Refugees also complained military had rounded them up on the Cameroonian side of the border, transported them in trucks and took them to a refugee camp in Banki, northeast Nigeria.
“Those returned included a one-year-old child and a nine-month pregnant woman, who gave birth the day after her arrival in Banki,” the UNHCR spokesperson said.
While acknowledging the generosity of the Government of Cameroon and local communities who host over 85 000 Nigerian refugees, UNHCR called on the Government of Cameroon to honour its obligations under international and regional refugee protection instruments, as well as Cameroonian law.
“The forced return of asylum seekers and refugees is refoulement, or forced return, and constitutes a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1969 OAU Convention, both of which Cameroon has ratified.”
The Nigerian refugees in Cameroon are among 2,7 million people the Boko Haram has displaced in the Lake Chad Basin. In Nigeria, the terror group has killed more than 20 000 civilians.

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