President Donald Trump has announced his plans to end Cameroon's preferential trade benefits from Jan. 1.
According to Trump, the decision was made following "persistent gross violations of internationally recognized human rights."
Trump submitted to letter to Congress, stating that Cameroon had failed to address U.S. concerns regarding extrajudicial killings, torture, and other persistent human rights violations being committed by Cameroonian security forces.
"I am taking this step because I have determined that the Government of Cameroon currently engages in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, contravening the eligibility requirements of section 104 of the (African Growth and Opportunity Act)," Trump wrote in the letter.
He continued, "Despite intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of Cameroon, Cameroon has failed to address concerns regarding persistent human rights violations being committed by Cameroonian security forces. These violations include extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention, and torture.
"Accordingly, I intend to terminate the designation of Cameroon as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the AGOA as of Jan. 1, 2020. I will continue to assess whether the Government of Cameroon engages in gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, in accordance with the AGOA eligibility requirements."
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney also weighed in on Cameroon's human rights violations.
"This action underscores the Administration's commitment to upholding the human rights criteria as required in the AGOA legislation," he said in a separate statement.