Authorities in the United States and Cameroon subjected dozens of unsuccessful Cameroonian asylum seekers to serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch declared this week.
That was the conclusion of a new 149-page report about what happened to an estimated 80 to 90 Cameroonians deported from the United States between 2019 and 2021.
Those deportees were abused in the U.S. immigration/asylum system and then, after being deported, faced arbitrary arrest and detention; enforced disappearances; torture, rape, and other violence; extortion; unfair prosecutions; confiscation of their national IDs; harassment; and abuses against their relatives, HRW stated.
The report notes that Cameroon’s homophobic laws are a reason why some LGBT Cameroonians flee. It states that LGBT Cameroonians whose requests for asylum in the U.S. are denied “face particular risks if returned”:
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people face risks across Cameroon due to a law criminalizing same-sex conduct and an upsurge of anti-LGBT persecution in 2021.”
But the report focuses on deportees who fled from Cameroon for a different reason — the effect of armed conflict between government forces and separatist groups in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions.
Source: African Human Rights Media Network member Erasing 76 Crimes.