President Donald Trump has excluded Cameroon from the AGOA trade pact between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries citing human rights abuses. He said that Cameroon will not take benefit from the African Growth and Opportunity Act from next year.
President Donald Trump and President Paul Biya
Mr. Trump further added that gross human rights violations including extrajudicial murders, arbitrary and unlawful imprisonment against citizens has increased in Cameroon. More than 3,000 people lost their lives in the Anglophone region’s violence in the last 3 years.
Mr. Trump’s letter to Congress stated that Cameroon had failed to satisfy Washington’s concerns about rights abuses. It said that the Government of Cameroon violated the eligibility requirements of section 104 of the AGOA trade pact that further forced the US for the decision. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney has urged Cameroon to support human rights protection required to take benefit from AGOA.
A group of 65 civil society organizations revealed these facts. They requested the African Commission for possible efforts to end the violence. The group also revealed that more than half a million people have to leave their homes. Meanwhile, 700,000 children are not going to school amid human rights abuses. However, President Paul Biya led administration has repudiated the claims of using extrajudicial violence against citizens.
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