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Australia condemns Cameroon human rights as athletes told ‘go home’

SBS News Article | 18th May 2018

Australia has joined the US, Britain and dozens of other nations in criticising Cameroon’s human rights record, as up to a dozen of the West African country’s Commonwealth Games athletes have not returned home.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned athletes overstaying their Games’ visas will be found and deported, although some have reportedly received bridging visas after claiming asylum.

Allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and attacks on civilians by security forces, suppression of freedom of speech and the media, and continued criminalisation of LGBTIQ+ people were raised against Cameroon at the United Nations.

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