UN raps Cameroon over rights abuses in Boko Haram fight Dec 08, 2017 0 21 12345 AFPYaound`The UN Committee against Torture has asked Cameroon to stop its troops from committing"atrocities" in its fight against Boko Haram militants, according to report seen by AFP.The body also expressed concern over sweeping arrests in the Francophone west African country's English-speaking regions, demanding an investigation into the deaths of at least 17 people killed in October 1 clashes between the security forces and protestors seeking a separate state.It said more than 500 people were arrested, some of them from hospital in the wake of the unrest, and criticised Yaounde for not responding to several demands seeking information on those still being held.The report denounced"serious crimes and atrocities committed by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the extreme north since 2014," but underscored its"great concern" over reports of abuses and torture by Cameroonian security forces.The committee said it had received information that many people in the Extreme North region had been"detained in secret on suspicion of backing Boko Haram... in at least 20 unofficial detention centres."The report said the state was protecting the security forces from being probed for"extra-judicial executions, forced disappearances and arbitrary detentions."Cameroon is among the 162 countries that are signatories to the convention against torture. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES War inevitable with US drills & threats: N Korea Dec 08, 2017 0 358 Swearing-in of Odinga an act of 'high treason', says Kenyan AG Dec 08, 2017 0 19 'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge Dec 08, 2017 0 21 Chinese media tells how to survive nuclear attack REUTERS BEIJING A state-run newspaper in China's Jilin province, which borders North Korea and Russia, published a page of"common sense" advice on how readers can protect themselves from a nuclear weapons attack .. RPT-Russian lawmaker, citing N. Korean envoy, says Pyongyang does not want escalation - Ifax (Repeats with no changes to text) MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over .. Zimbabwe govt keeps promise of restoring farm rights to whites REUTERS HARARE A white Zimbabwean farmer kicked off his property at gunpoint in June has been told he will be going home within days, the first signs of the post-Robert Mugabe government making good on promises to respect .. Niger starts evacuations from Libya, 500 citizens flown home AFP Niamey Niger has flown home more than 500 of its citizens from Libya as part of an urgent repatriation plan which will see up to 4,000 people evacuated, the foreign ministry has said. The move follows global shock over .. RPT-Russian lawmaker, citing N. Korean envoy, says Pyongyang does not want escalation - Ifax (Repeats with no changes to text) MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over .. Russian lawmaker says N Korea doesn't want escalation after meeting envoy MOSCOW A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over its missile programme but did not fear war, the .. Senegal opens new airport AFP Diass Senegal has opened a flagship new airport on Thursday, seven years later than originally planned but with ambitions to become a west African regional hub with a capacity for three million passengers. President ..