The extra-judicial killings, looting, burnings, abductions and mass arrests of Ambazonians and our continuous outburst is not without noticed. Following the 37th session of the Human Rights Council Annual Report, Human rights activities and recent developments in Geneva on March 7, 2018, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, reiterated the escalating human rights violations in “Cameroun’s two English speaking regions”. He raised concerns of the 47 arrested in Nigeria and their eventual extradition to Cameroun, and the ever increasing clashes between government security forces and restoration forces following these and killings of unarmed civilians.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling on the government of Cameroun to grant them access to investigate and verify escalating situation in these “regions” following the government’s continuous refusal to give them access. He stated emphatically: “I urge the Government to make every effort to de-escalate the conflict in the Anglophone regions, and to allow unimpeded access to human rights monitors so that accurate information on the situation can inform constructive engagement on the way forward”.
The statement reads “In Cameroon, what appears to be long-standing structural discrimination in the Anglophone region of the country has led to continuing clashes between security forces and separatist groups. The arrest, in Nigeria, of 47 Anglophone community leaders, and their extradition to Cameroon has reportedly led to renewed violence in the south-west and north-west of the country. Allegations of summary executions of civilians by members of the security forces have been reported, and are generating widespread resentment. I regret that my Office has not been given access to verify these allegations. Acknowledging the complex challenges facing the authorities – including renewed displacement from the Central African Republic and the increase in Boko Haram attacks in the north – I urge the Government to make every effort to de-escalate the conflict in the Anglophone regions, and to allow unimpeded access to human rights monitors so that accurate information on the situation can inform constructive engagement on the way forward. ”
If the government of Cameroon has nothing to hide, why deny access to the OHCHR and other human rights bodies to investigate these “allegations”?
Following previous statements made by UN officials on the Ambazonia independence cause, the Commissioner now sees what has been termed a “crisis” for more than a year now as a “conflict”.
We will continue to resist and make our voices heard until the crying blood of Mami Apih, Mami Frida Ndumu who were burned alive in their homes, Sam soya, his cousin and many others who were beheaded rest in peace by bringing their murderers to justice.
We Say kudos to our foot soldiers who continue to stir the ground, making it ungovernable for Yaoundé. They are also giving Geneva the necessary unrest about our restoration quest.
Amabo Cecilia Binwi.
Head of Department of Human Rights and Human Services
Ambazonia Governing Council (AGC)