Some members of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedom say the keeping of 23 babies at the Maroua Central Prison because their mothers gave birth to them there say it is violation human rights.

This was just one out of the many situations of human right violations that three man team from the National Commission on Human Right and Freedoms observed while on a two day working visit to the Far North, precisely in Magi in the Mayo Dani Division where persons have been displace because of the 2012 flood.

As Cameroon News Today- CNT gathered, the three members of the National Commission for Human Right and Freedoms noticed that nearly all the rights of these people had been violated.

“We met people precarious conditions. Almost all the rights; the right to education, to health, to lodging, good environment do not exist”, member of the commission, Hon Chief Paul Tumazan expressed.

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Sharing their experience on the field in a press conference, the members of the Commission said they also noticed at the Maroua Central Prison that some six to ten detained minors have stayed longer than required behind bars and 23 babies delivered in the prison who are still being held there were seen as an abuse of human rights.

“Babies who are still breastfeeding in prison with their mothers and they are even children who are of full growing age who are in prison with their mothers. So, it is something that we need to remedy because a baby did not commit any crime”. One of the members articulated.

At the BIR camp in Maroua, the three members of the Commission accompanied by the Head of the Commission’s branch in the Far North Hon Zondore Hedsesek got information that there was no unjust detentions in the camp as purported by Amnesty International.

The members of the Commission however appreciated the fact that the percentage of inmates who die at the Marouaa Central Prison had readily reduced as well as gave a thumb up to the clean nature of the sector hosting female prisoners, Cameroon News Today- CNT learned.


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