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"They forced us onto trucks like animals" : Cameroon's mass forced return and abuse of Nigerian refugees

Author: Gerald Simpson; Human Rights Watch (Organization),
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Human Rights Watch, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This report documents that since early 2015, Cameroonian soldiers have tortured, assaulted, and sexually exploited Nigerian asylum seekers in remote border areas, denied them access to the UN refugee agency, and summarily deported, often violently, tens of thousands to Nigeria. It also documents violence, poor conditions, and unlawful movement restrictions in Cameroon's only official camp for Nigerian refugees, as  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Simpson; Human Rights Watch (Organization),
OCLC Number: 1007127269
Notes: "September 27, 2017"--Table of contents page.
"This report was researched and written by Gerry Simpson, associate director with the Refugee Rights Program at Human Rights Watch"--Acknowledgements.
Description: 1 online resource : color map
Contents: Summary --
Recommendations --
To the Government of Cameroon --
To the Government of Nigeria --
To the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) --
To the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon --
To the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Africa --
To Donor Governments Providing Support to UNHCR and to Cameroon --
Methodology --
I. Background: Fight Against Boko Haram and Regional Humanitarian Crisis --
Cameroon's Refugee-Hosting History --
II. Abuses Against Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon: Violence, Conditions and Encampment in Minawao Refugee Camp: Violence in Minawao camp --
Conditions in Minawao camp --
Breach of Refugees' Right to Freedom of Movement --
Nigerian Asylum Seekers outside Minawao Camp Denied Protection and Abused: Blocking Registration of Nigerian Asylum Seekers --
Torture, Abuse, Extortion and Poor Conditions for Nigerian Asylum Seekers --
Torture, Other Violence, Sexual Exploitation, and Extortion --
Dire Humanitarian Conditions for Asylum Seekers in Border Areas --
III. Cameroon's Mass Forced Refugee Return: Prohibition of Forced Refugee Return --
Forced Refugee Return: Mass Forced Return Between June 2015 and December 2016 --
Continued Forced Return in 2017 --
Abuse at Hands of Cameroonian Soldiers During Forced Returns in 2017 --
Refugee Returns from Minawao Camp Between April and June 2017 --
UNHCR Response to Cameroon's Mass Forced Returns --
Cameroon's Position on Forced Returns --
IV. The Situation of Returned Refugees in Nigeria: Continued Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis in North East Nigeria: Government Agenda for Displaced Civilians to Return Home --
Returning Refugees Becoming Internally Displaced in Nigeria --
Nigerian Government's Position on Refugee Returns from Cameroon --
Acknowledgements.
Other Titles: Cameroon's mass forced return and abuse of Nigerian refugees
Responsibility: [written by Gerry Simpson].

Abstract:

"This report documents that since early 2015, Cameroonian soldiers have tortured, assaulted, and sexually exploited Nigerian asylum seekers in remote border areas, denied them access to the UN refugee agency, and summarily deported, often violently, tens of thousands to Nigeria. It also documents violence, poor conditions, and unlawful movement restrictions in Cameroon's only official camp for Nigerian refugees, as well as conditions recent returnees face in Nigeria"--Publisher's description.

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