GENEVA (28 June 2019) – The Human Rights Council this morning held the second part of its annual discussion on the human rights of women, with a panel on the rights of older women and their economic empowerment. The Council also heard addresses by Mbella Mbella Lejeune, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cameroon, Alexander Schallenberg, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, and Fuad Huseynov, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons of Azerbaijan.
Mr. Lejeune said that attacks carried out by the terrorist group Boko Haram that had occurred in the last few weeks had underscored the need to remain vigilant and redouble efforts. Regarding the situation in the north west and south west of Cameroon, it should be remembered that Cameroon was a victim in these parts of its territory, because of criminal and destabilizing acts carried out by secessionist groups that used terrorist methods, which had created, inter alia, refugees and internally displaced peoples, and had destroyed the region’s economic fabric. The Government was pursuing efforts for a return to normalcy in the north west and south west, and dialogue had always been given pride of place in its agenda.