Cameroon. Border battles with Nigeria opened up in
February on the Bakassi Peninsula. The two countries agreed
to resolve the dispute before the International Court of
Justice in The Hague.
Countryaah.com, bribery is common in Cameroon, and the country is one of the
most corrupt according to the German independent
organization Transparency International, which has
investigated the occurrence of bribery in 54 countries.
The African Cooperation Organization Organization of
African Unity (OAU) met in the capital Yaoundé and agreed on
the imposition of financial sanctions against Burundi to
force a dialogue between the conflicting parties in the
Farmers' real wages increased in Cameroon according to a report
from the International Labor Organization, ILO. At the same
time, the country is heavily indebted and cannot on its own
clean up the economy. Before the country's debt can be
written off, the government must follow the International
Monetary Fund's proposals for economic reform for three
In October 2016, a serious train accident happened on the
stretch between Yaoundé and the country's second largest
city of Douala. 79 were killed and 600 injured. President
Biya visited abroad, returned home only 2 days after the
accident and did not visit the wounded in the hospitals.
This triggered criticism.
New protests erupted in the Anglophone areas in December
2016. Security forces attacked protesters, shot and killed 4
and arrested hundreds. Nevertheless, the demonstrations and
protests continued throughout 2017, with the number of
deaths in October reaching 17. As the regime's rising
repression, the demand for real independence grew, which
simply triggered more repression. ( Death toll rises in
Cameroon's Anglophone region unrest, al-Jazeera
In April 2017, journalist Ahmed Abba, who worked for
Radio France International, was sentenced to 10 years in
prison by a military court for "not reporting terrorist
acts". The verdict met international criticism.
The war in the north has drastically worsened the human
rights situation in the country. Not only because of the
murders and abductions of especially children by Boko Haram,
but also the regime's widespread arbitrary arrests and
persecution of journalists.
As in several other African countries that have been
targets of North American fundamentalist Christian
missionaries, the rights of LGBT people are being severely
suppressed in Cameroon. A large number are imprisoned solely
because of their sexual orientation and are subject to
frequent torture or mistreatment.