As Cameroun Denies International Intervention, Canadian Human Rights Group Mount Pressure for International Urgent Action in the Southern Cameroons.
It was one time United Nations Secretary-General Koffi Annan who once decried countries using National Sovereignty Clause ideologies to perpetuate immeasurable Crimes against their people. Cameroun Government is a good example of such nations that have mounted rooftops at every opportunity to claim national sovereignty to the detriment of mortal beings. The question of how sovereign is La Republiquè in Ambazonia’s internal affairs, begs for a simple reply.
Haven ratified international conventions to protect human rights, La Republiquè thinks it can escape international wrath when time indeed comes. Last week, the Foreign Minister of that Country, Le Jeune Mbella Mbella issued an empty paper claiming that the Situation in the Southern Cameroons is not a threat to the international world and call for their restrained, though inviting them to support his government rather in fundings him to fight Ambazonians.
This has rather been greeted with a lot of resistance by international structures who wonder why a government will deny international support to stop a war, lying that it has no international spillage, even when we all know that Nigerian is house to more than 70, 000 refugees from the Southern Cameroons. One of such International groups is The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), based in Montreal, Canada. In partnership with the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA), of Right Activist and Lawyer, Agbor Balla has launched a groundbreaking report on the crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions titled “The Unfolding Crisis in Cameroon” at #RightsCity2019.
Noting all the human right abuses, war crimes and Crimes against humanity perpetrated on the people of the Southern Cameroonians by neighboring La Republiquè Du Cameroun, the right group is of the opinion that a speedy international intervention is primordial at this stage of the crisis to stop further escalation and exacerbation on the humanitarian situation in Ambazonia. Irwin Cotler, founder, and Chairman of the RWCHR noted that the conference is taking place “In Cameroon where the deteriorating political, humanitarian, and security conditions have resulted in mass forced displacements, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and killing of civilian populations”.
Speakers and witnesses at the launch highlighted first-hand experiences with the atrocities being committed and concluded that reasonable grounds exist to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed including murder, deportation and forcible transfer of populations, rape and sexual violence, and persecution of the Anglophone community. The international community – including Canada – must act with all deliberate speed to advance the case and cause of human rights.
Pearl Eliadis, a human rights lawyer and RWCHR Senior Fellow, spearheaded the project with a member of the Cameroonian community in Canada. She explained, “Cameroon offers a compelling case study and an opportunity to translate clear early warning signs into early action to prevent further escalation. We are very proud of this unique Cameroonian-Canadian partnership”. This pressure adds to many other International organizations, Rights Groups, and even the U.N that have called for a stop to the human right abuses in that territory by the Biya regime. Many of these organization have declared that inclusive dialogue is the best remedy to the stalemate while promising perpetrators of crimes in the Southern Cameroons trial at the International Criminal Court.