The United Nations which in recent times has come under serious attack for being quiet when evil is been perpetuated by some autocratic governments around the world especially in Africa, has just released a list of 38 countries in her annual report which she captioned “shameful” countries that are repressive to human rights activist.
The annual report released by the UN SG Antonio Guterres equally included allegations of poor treatment, surveillance, criminalization and public stigmatization campaigns targeting victims and human rights defenders of autocratic nations.
Among the list of 38 countries, Cameroon come first in Africa and second in the World after Bahrain of the United Arab Emirate which the UN holds as countries with massive rights violation.
Before now Cameroon used to pride itself as the most peaceful countries in Africa and was seen as the catalyst of peace and political stability in the entire CEMAC sub-region.
But ever since the emergence of the Anglophone crisis in the North West and South West Region of Cameroon, the nation has been blamed on rights violation of human rights activist whom in most circumstances have always been caption by the Cameroon government as terrorist.
According to the annual reports autocratic governments frequently charged human rights activists with terrorism or blamed them for cooperating with foreign entities or damaging the state’s reputation or security,
“(There is a) disturbing trend in the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism strategies by states as justification for blocking access by communities and civil society organizations to the United Nations,” UN SG Antonio Guterres highlighted in his reports
Among the 38 countries, 29 countries have new cases, and 19 have ongoing cases and includes Bahrain, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Venezuela
“The world owes it to those brave people standing up for human rights, who have responded to requests to provide information to and engage with the United Nations, to ensure their right to participate is respected,” Mr. Guterres said in his report.
He equally stated that the above nations even go as far as punishing individuals who cooperate with the UN in their nation in fighting against Human Right abuses. “Punishing individuals for cooperating with the United Nations is a shameful practice that everyone must do more to stamp out.”