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Cameroon: Armed Forces

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 91030, tabled on 16 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress he has made on preventing the flow of money from the UK to armed separatist groups in Cameroon linked to human rights abuses.

Answered on

25 September 2020

The UK Government is deeply concerned about reports of human rights abuses and violations by both armed separatists and security forces in Cameroon. We continue to call for investigations into all such reports. As the UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights set out at the UN Human Rights Council on 15 September, those who have abused and violated human rights in Cameroon, as anywhere else in the world, must be held responsible.

On 6 July, the UK Government established the Global Human Rights ('Magnitsky') sanctions regime by laying regulations in Parliament under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018. This sanctions regime gives the UK a powerful new tool to hold to account those involved in serious human rights violations or abuses by stopping them from entering our country, channeling money through UK banks, or profiting from our economy, through the use of both asset freezes and travel bans. It is longstanding practice not to speculate on future sanctions designations as to do so could reduce the impact of the designations.