Cameroon: Human rights plea provokes death threat

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Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, executive director of REDHAC (Photo courtesy of Hurinews) Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, executive director of REDHAC (Photo courtesy of Hurinews)

After speaking out last month against human rights violations by Cameroonian forces opposing Boko Haram insurgents in northern Cameroon, human rights defender Maximilienne Ngo Mbe became the target of an apparent death threat on television, plus abusive criticism for advocating human rights for LGBT people.

Ngo Mbe, as executive director of the Cameroon-based Network of Human Rights Defenders of Central Africa (Réseau de Défenseurs des Droits Humains de l’Afrique Centrale, or REDHAC), on Feb. 18 expressed strong support for the army’s fight against Boko Haram, but also stated that many innocent people had been arrested by police and 50 people were asphyxiated in their cells, then buried in a mass grave in the bush.

In response, the Afrique Media network aired television shows in which one commentator threatened her with death and others called her a tool of…

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