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>> I was suspended from a wooden goal post structure, my feet were tied up from behind. I was hooded and whipped with anything the soldiers had at hand.>> These are the recounted words of a man said to have been tortured by Cameroon soldiers at a military based used by French and American troops.
His testimony given to Amnesty International. Which in a new report, says he was one of over 100 cases they found of men and women who endured similar conditions. As the African government pursues suspects in their campaign against Boko Haram, the militants sworn to Islamic State.>>
> Boko Haram's behind the deaths of an estimated 20,000 people in the region and the displacement of millions more.
Yet, Amnesty says, there was no evidence brought against many of the detainees. And some didn't survive the torture which also included starvation, electrical shock and simulated drowning. Also known as waterboarding. Reuters hasn't independently verified their findings. But if true, it would bring into question what the U.S. and French forces know of the practice.
American and Cameroon soldiers at the base said to be shown here. Torture is explicitly banned by the Geneva Convention. However, what interrogation methods are considered torture? Particularly in U.S. law is more murky. A debate that's gone back to the closing of so-called C.I.A. Black Sites from the Bush Administration.
The U.S.-Africa Command tell us they haven't received any reports of human rights abuses by Cameroonian forces at locations identified by Amnesty. A spokesman for Cameroon's military, more assertive. Our army is professional and disciplined, they said. It has better things to do than spend time justifying itself against people who have preconceived ideas.