UN Security Council Visits Cameroon Regarding Ongoing Crisis

UN Security Council’s 15-member delegation visits Cameroon on March 2, 2017 in connection with the Boko Haram crises, abuses on human rights, poor governance and climate change which create one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes.

The UN delegation which composed of the organizations chief decision-making body look forward to rouse attention to the disaster affecting 21 million people across Niger, Chad, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

The visit could also bring about a more concrete action by the Security Council to take notice on the alleged violations on human rights by the defense forces of Cameroon in the Anglophone provinces of the country.

The visit to Cameroon comes a week after Secretary General Antonio Guterres of the United Nations emphasized on the alarm of a possible famine in northeast Nigeria, the heart of the Boko Haram divergence.

$1.5 billion funding is needed by the United Nations for 2017 in order to address the acute food shortage in the Lake Chad region. Half of the said amount will be earmarked for the northeast Nigeria with 5.1 million people is in danger of starvation.

However, Mark Bareta wrote that the Foreign Minister of Cameroon lied on some of his declarations during his speech at the Unite Nations Human Rights Council. Bareta’s apprehension is that the UN visiting delegates are fed with erroneous information and the administration will only show them what they have to see and not the actual situation in the country.

On the other hand, Tapang Ivo summons the Southern Cameroonians to be positive. The call of the UN Security Council members is a signal that the hostile administration may stop soon. He reiterated that under Article 24 of the UN Charter, all members including Cameroon agree to recognize and fulfill the decisions of the UN Security Council. The Security Council itself has the authority to take decisions which the member countries are obliged to execute.

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