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Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Suffered Torture, Rape After U.S. Deportations

HeadlineFeb 11, 2022

Dozens of Cameroonian asylum seekers who were deported by the U.S. government between 2019 and 2021 faced serious human rights violations, including torture, rape and arbitrary arrests, upon returning to Cameroon. That’s according to a new Human Rights Watch report that traced the whereabouts of at least 80 Cameroonians expelled from the U.S. despite saying they feared for their lives. This is one of the deported asylum seekers.

Deported asylum seeker: “I want to tell the American government that sending me back to Cameroon, that this harm has seriously impacted my life, and that I still need their protection and assistance because my life is seriously still in danger.”

Many of the asylum seekers also accused Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, of medical neglect and violent mistreatment while in custody.

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