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Monitoring U.S. government efforts to leverage arms sales and military assistance to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers
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Cameroon

Country Profile
Years Listed

Each shaded box corresponds to a year the country appeared on the CSPA list and what types of waivers it received, if any.

Cameroon appeared on the CSPA list in 2020. The U.S president fully waived CSPA prohibitions against the provision of U.S. arms sales and military assistance to Cameroon, resulting in the provision of $700,000 in International Military Education and Training in FY2021.

According to the U.S. State Department, Cameroonian government security forces allegedly recruited and used a child to gather intelligence in the country’s Anglophone regions, where government forces and separatists have been fighting a civil war since 2017. Following these allegations, Cameroon appeared on the 2020 CSPA list. Cameroonian authorities did not report investigating the incident as of March 2021. However, the U.S. State Department did not indicate it received any additional reports of child soldier recruitment or use by government forces between March 2020 and April 2021, and Cameroon was subsequently removed from the 2021 CSPA list.

 

For more information, see the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report and Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. More information on the situation in Cameroon can also be found in the U.N. Secretary-General’s annual report on Children and Armed Conflict. 

Total Waived and Prohibited

Since the CSPA took effect.

Cameroon CSPA Country Profile

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Country- and program-level data on the number and type of national interest waivers granted, as well as the amount of arms sales and military assistance waived.

Amounts and Waivers by Program

Amount Waived and Prohibited by Fiscal Year & Program

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