Deportations: US Asks Nigeria And Cameroon To Obey Int’l Law

Deportations: US Asks Nigeria And Cameroon To Obey Int’l Law

By Wires Editor | The Trent on February 6, 2018
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The United States America, USA, has condemned the attitude of Nigerian and Cameroonian authorities towards the 47 Anglophone detainees who were repatriated to Cameroon from Nigeria.

A statement by the US Department of State, signed by Ms. Heather Nauert, the Department Spokesperson noted that Nigeria and Cameroon have violated the rights of the detainees by forcibly repatriating them back to their countries of origin.

It however, urged both countries to respect the human rights of the detainees and follow due process in handling their matter, while urging them to refrain from embarking on forceful repatriation of asylum-seekers.

“We also call on the Government of Cameroon to respect the human rights, including due process, of the 47 Cameroonians forcibly returned from Nigerian custody to the Cameroonian authorities on Jan. 26.

“This is in addition to many of whom had reportedly submitted asylum claims in Nigeria.

“We urge the Governments of Cameroon and Nigeria to adhere to their obligations under international law to refrain from forcible returns to asylum-seekers back to their countries of origin.

“The 47 Cameroonians are now held in detention in Cameroon allegedly in connection with tension and violence in North West and South West Regions.

“We expect the government of Cameroon to afford these and other individuals previously detained all the rights and protections enshrined in Cameroon’s constitution, consistent with the nation’s international obligations and commitments.”

The US also condemned the ongoing violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, including the murder of two Cameroonian gendarmes in the North West Region village of Mbingo.

It also condemned the murder of a Cameroonian soldier outside of Bamenda on Feb. 1, and an electoral official of Elections Cameroon, ELECAM, in Bangem.

The U.S. further condemned the reported deaths of four civilians in Bemenda and Belo on Feb. 2 and 3.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people of Cameroon,” it said.

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  1. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) deported Amer Othman Adi, a Palestinian man who lived in Ohio, on Monday, according to local media.

    Adi had lived in the US for roughly 39 years before his deportation to Jordan, where he holds citizenship.

    He lived in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was “ripped from his four daughters, his wife, and the country that he has called home for over thirty years,” Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, who fought his deportation, said in a statement.

    Adi was a business owner in Youngstown, a city of 64,000. “He hired members of our community. He paid taxes. He did everything right,” Ryan continued.

    Born in Jordan to Palestinian parents, Adi came to the US at the age of 19. He received a green card, or permanent residence permit, after his first marriage.

    Immigration authorities began removal procedures against the immigrant after his first wife said their marriage was fake.

    After being charged with “marriage fraud,” Adi lived under a deport order from 2009. His first wife testified in a sworn affidavit that their marriage was legitimate, but that she was pressured by authorities to say otherwise.

    The Palestinian man was protected by “private bills” passed by elected officials in the US House of Representatives for years.

    These bills typically provide relief to a specific person, as opposed public bills that address nationwide issues.

    The bill was rescinded under President Donald Trump, who has overseen a crackdown on undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.

    #DoubleStandards #USA #DonaldTrump

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