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Amnesty International Petitions Serbia To Stop Selling Arms to Cameroun Paul Biya

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Genocide on Women & Children: Amnesty Int’l Petitions Serbia on Arms Sale to Paul Biya

Following the viral videos of extrajudicial executions in the Cameroons by the terrorist soldiers of Mr. Biya, it has been discovered by Amnesty International that the colonial soldiers are using Serbian-made arms. The human right body has thus petitioned the government of Serbia to stop exporting weapons to the terrorist state.

Speaking to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Amnesty International said the Colonial regime of Paul Biya has used Serbian-made weapons in a pattern of “systematic violations” of human rights, and so there is need for Serbia to suspend arms export to Yaoundé.

“Given the credible evidence of a Zastava M21 being used by Cameroonian soldiers to carry out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children, Serbia – a major supplier of small arms to Cameroon – should suspend further supplies,” Patrick Wilcken, an arms-control researcher at Amnesty International, told BIRN.

“This is not the first time Amnesty International has documented human rights abuses by Cameroonian forces using Serbian small arms. Rather, it reflects a pattern of systematic violations,” Wilcken added.

The statement came after Amnesty and Bellingcat confirmed that they had verified the gun seen in the video of the execution of the women and children, accused of belonging to outlawed Islamist terror group Boko Harram, and it is a Serbian-made Zastava M21.The gun is said to be manufactured in the state-owned Zastava arms factory in the central town of Kragujevac.

Data from the UN/Arms Trade Treaty, Cameroon has been one of the largest recipients of Serbian weapons since 2013.

BIRN reported in September last year that tweets had captured images of Serbian-made Coyote machine guns in Cameroon and Nigeria – apparently seized from Boko Haram fighters. The video of Cameroun terrorist soldiers depicted in a video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children had gone viral on social media causing global outrage among governments and human rights organizations. Colonial agent and Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, dismissed the video as fake news, but said they would conduct an investigation to verify the authenticity of the video.

“Although we have demonstrated that this is fake, the head of state has instructed the Minister of Defense to open a thorough investigation in which no stone should be left unturned,” Tchiroma said. Amnesty International however debunked this Tchiroma’s fake news claim, maintaining that; “both the weapons and uniforms of the soldiers in the video are indicative of the Cameroun Army, and display patterns consistent with a number of possible units, including regular infantry and the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), the special forces of the Cameroonian army.”

“The Cameroonian authorities’ initial claim that this shocking video is fake simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny,” said Samira Daoud, Deputy Director of Amnesty International, West Africa.

“The evidence we have provided forms a firm basis for strongly suggesting that the individuals committing these atrocities are members of Cameroon’s armed forces.” The colonial regime apart from these genocidal killings in the Boko Haram stricken North, has been massively executing innocent citizens of the former British Southern Cameroons now known as Ambazonia.

Following the restoration of the sovereignty and independence of Ambazonia in October 2017 by the Ambazonian interim government, the octogenarian dictator Paul Biya, had declared war on the armless people. This has led to almost 4000 deaths and massive internal and external displacement of citizens. More than 65 thousand civilians are presently in Nigeria as refugees while the internally displaced stand at almost 200 thousand.

In a quest to defend themselves, young men and women of Ambazonia constituted themselves into self-defense militias and are presently engaging the terrorist forces from Yaoundé in villages and towns across Ambazonia using artisanal weapons. Frustrated by the tact and courageous nature of these young men and women who have inflicted heavy casualties on the colonial regime, Mr. Biya’s terrorist forces resorted to extrajudicial executions, looting and the reckless burning of villages amounting to more than 70.

For two years now, Mr. Biya and his blood sucking regime has continued to resist calls from the UN, AU and all other international superpowers on the need for an all-inclusive dialogue on the outstanding root causes of the conflict. Below is the data showing arms sale by Serbia to La Republique du Cameroun since 2013.

Serbian Arms Exports to Cameroon

2013:

50 Heavy machine guns

2014:

17,810 light machine guns

1,628 Heavy machine guns

500 handheld under-barrel and mounted grenade launchers

6,197 others

2015:

20 rifles and carbines

8,500 assault rifles

210 Heavy machine guns

400 hand-held under barrel and mounted grenade launchers & 30 others

2016:

80 Mortar 81mm/120mm

6 Rifles and carbines

160 Heavy machine guns

2017:

4,000 Portable anti-tank missile launchers and rocket systems

Source: UN/Arms Trade Treaty

 

James Agbor

BaretaNews Political Analyst

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