Cameroon's current security and humanitarian challenges are of concern to the international community. In an effort to ease the socio-political climate, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, made a working visit to Yaounde from May 1 to 4.
The highlight of his stay, the meeting with the Head of State of Cameroon, Paul Biya, at the Palace of Unity, Friday, May 3. "We discussed how the United Nations can help in respect and protection of human rights," said the former President of Chile.
The UN diplomat also expressed the willingness of the UN and the Commission she leads to accompany Cameroon in seeking solutions to the challenges it faces in terms of security and human rights, for its on the other hand, the Presidency says.
During her stay, the former President of Chile met with members of the Government, parliamentarians, members of the Commission for Multiculturalism and Bilingualism, members of the National Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, as well as political and Civil society.
At the center of the consultations is the management of the security crisis between separatist armed groups and the Army in the North West and South West regions. With dramatic consequences for civilians who perish in the conflict, or are forced to flee the violence. Thus creating a worrying humanitarian crisis.
Arriving in Yaounde on Wednesday, the UN diplomat was greeted at Nsimalen airport by the Prime Minister, with whom she immediately began her series of talks. Michelle Bachelet continued her consultations on the state of human rights in the country, meeting with some members of the Government. The Minister for the Promotion of Women and the Family was the first to receive the United Nations envoy. With the Minister in charge of External Relations, the security situation related to the attacks of the terrorist group Boko Haram, in the Far-North region was discussed. With a bonus, the humanitarian situation of IDPs and Nigerian refugees in Cameroon. The security and socio-political context in the North West and South West regions was also on the menu of exchanges between the two personalities.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also met with the Minister of Justice, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and the Minister of Defense. Michelle Bachelet was also received in audience by the first vice-president of the Senate, Aboubakary Abdoulaye and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Cavaye Yeguié Djibril. The main political actors of the Cameroonian opposition, civil society and religious leaders, were invited to exchanges with the UN diplomat.
At the end of the various interviews with the Cameroonian authorities, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights appreciated the commitment of the Government of Cameroon to find solutions to overcome the crisis and further respect human rights. "We are alongside Cameroon. Good luck, we're together, " said Michelle Bachelet during the official dinner given Thursday by the Prime Minister, Head of Government.
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