US REDUCES MILITARY AID TO CAMEROON OVER HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

The New York Times on 7th February reported that Defense Department told Cameroonian officials that it would hold off on providing military gear and training programs, opening a noteworthy rift with a strategically important partner in the fight against terrorism.  Cameroon borders Nigeria, where Boko Haram has begun ramping up attacks after terrorising the north-eastern part of that country in recent years, and it shares a frontier with the Central African Republic, where armed groups have been locked in religious and communal fighting since 2013.  The suspended delivery of equipment includes four defender boats, 9 armoured vehicles, a radar system and an upgrade of a Cessna aircraft belonging to Cameroon’s special forces unit, the Rapid Intervention Battalion.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/world/africa/cameroon-military-abuses-united-states-aid.html

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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