States says it has cut Cameroon from a trade pact over allegations of human
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.
Trump accused the Cameroonian government of torture and extrajudicial killings
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.
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.
truth is that the US is unhappy with a certain stance we take with China,” Said
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.
At least three siblings have lost their lives and two others injured when a dilapidated building collapsed in Ebonyi State.
Moreover, the incident occurred in the Akaeze community, the Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State on Friday, November 1.
However, the victims are from the same family known as Okereke.
In fact, the names of the three children are Mmesoma 11, Onyinyechi 5, and John 3.
Meanwhile, the victims were sleeping in the building with other siblings and their mother when the building collapsed.
The mother of the deceased children was said to have urged her husband to relocate them from the building.
the husband could not afford to pay for another house.
In addition, the neighbours help to remove the deceased from the building and bury them.
Nevertheless, the mother of the deceased and her only surviving son are receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
The coordinator of Akaeze Development center Onyebuchi Ogbadu confirmed the incident.
“When I received
the information, I rushed to the place and saw that three kids were dead
instantly while their mother and one of the children were rushed to the
hospital. It was very critical, the incident happened on Friday night.
At least, sixty-seven people have lost their lives in violence in Oromia State, Ethiopia.
However, the violence, which began with a protest against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed quickly, moved into ethnic clashes.
Moreover, the protest spiked up to violence when the high-profile activist, Jawar Mohammed accused Abiy of acting like a dictator.
he also accused the security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against
In brief, he
suggested that he might challenge him in elections planned for next year.
Meanwhile, the regional police chief, Kefyalew said, the total number of death in Oromia is sixty-seven.
fifty-five of them died because of the conflict while the police officers
killed the rest of the victims.
five of the dead were police officers.
International accused Abiy of several waves of mass arrests of people in Oromia
perceived to be opposed to the government.
Mohammed said Abiy’s supporters have also stopped believing in his promises of
Likewise, Jawar said, Abiy seemed to be taking Ethiopia back to the old ways of authoritarian rule.
“He has resorted to the early signs of the dictatorship of trying to intimidate people, even his very close allies who helped him come to power, who happen to disagree with some of the policies and positions and ideologies he’s advocating”. Said Jawar.
credited with promoting protests that swept Abiy to power last year but he has
recently become critical of some of the premier’s policies.
Abiy was named Nobel Peace laureate two weeks ago for maintaining peace and
order in Ethiopia.