CAMEROON: VIDEO SHOWS SOLDIERS TORTURE CIVILIAN WITH A MACHETE
A video has surfaced online showing soldiers torturing a civilian with a machete for not knowing the whereabouts of his brother believed to be a separatist fighter in the conflict Northwest region of Cameroon.
The over 9-minute long video believed to have been filmed by one of the military men captured the harrowing experiences of a civilian in a location believed to be at Ndu, a subdivision in Donga Manthung in the English speaking region of Cameroon.
The video captured soldiers pouring water on the victim, then proceeding to beat the civilian with a machete on his stomach, buttocks and legs for not knowing the whereabouts of his brother believed to be a separatist fighter.
The uniformed officers continued to beat the victim till he passed out.
It is uncertain when the incident occurred, but the video was released on Saturday, February 13.
Human Rights Watch has accused Cameroonian security forces severally of using torture without fear of repercussion.
The Human Rights Watch documented 26 cases of incommunicado detention and enforced disappearance at the SED detention site between January 2018 and January 2019, including 14 cases of torture- adding that the numbers are likely much higher but most victims are too afraid to speak for fear of reprisals.
“The UN Security Council should send a clear message that ending torture in detention is critical to addressing the crisis in the Anglophone regions," Lewis Mudge, the Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch said in 2019.