US removes Cameroon from trade pact over “persistent” human rights violation

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The United States says it has cut Cameroon from a trade pact over allegations of human rights violations.

However, the US President, Donald Trump said Cameroon has failed to address the concern over its “persistent gross violation of internationally recognized human rights allegedly committed by Cameroon’s security forces.

Meanwhile, Trump accused the Cameroonian government of torture and extrajudicial killings of citizens.

Recall that in February, the US cut more than $17 million in security aid and support to Cameroon.

The US also said that it has to remove Cameroon from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for unnecessary killings by the country’s military.

In brief, AGOA helps Sub-Saharan countries improve trade ties with the US.

Moreover, eligible countries must meet criteria, including a good human rights record to benefit from the trade.

Whereas, the Deputy U.S trade representative CJ Mahoney in a statement stated that the U.S government is deeply concerned about the brutality.

He added that the persistent gross violations of human rights being committed by the Cameroonians against its citizens are unacceptable.

Specifically, Cameroons Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations, Felix Mbaya claimed the Sanctions does not have any link to its human rights record.

“The simple truth is that the US is unhappy with a certain stance we take with China,” Said Mbaya.

According to Mbaya, China wrote off some of Cameroon’s debts in February.

Presently, China is carrying out a project in Cameroon to tighten its ties with the government.

He, likewise, emphasized that the government is not bordered about the AGOA as it is a very small part of Cameroon’s relationships with the United States.

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