UN To Stop Forceful Repatriation Of Nigerians From Cameroon
Is Cameroon dishonoring previous agreements reached with the federal government of Nigeria?
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says the forceful repatriation of Nigerians from Cameroon is a 'breach' of the international principles of refugees’ protection.
It says it will push to bring an end to the act.
The UNCHR Assistant Commissioner for Protection, Volker Turk, assured Nigeria of the agency’s commitment at a meeting with Minister of Interior, Mr Abdulrahman Dambazau.
Over 700 Nigerians that fled Nigeria’s northeast in fear of Boko Haram attacks were forcefully repatriated from Cameroon last week.
He had visited to discuss with the Nigerian and Cameroonian governments on the forceful repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon in the past months and to stop further unlawful repatriation.
Turk also described the forceful repatriation of the refugees as a `breach’ of the recent tripartite agreement signed between the two countries in March.
The tripartite agreement stated that the return of refugees must be done in safety, dignity and by the choice of the individual.
The agreement by Nigeria, Cameroon and the UNHCR was signed after the regional protection dialogue in June 2016.
“I am here again to follow up on some of those areas in particular the tripartite agreement on the voluntary returns of Nigeria refugees signed by Nigeria, Cameroon and UNHCR.
“The tripartite agreement puts forward some very important principles and these principles are that return of refugees must take place in conditions of safety and dignity.
“It must be done by a free and informed choice of the individuals".