University of Pretoria’s Center for Human Rights Weighs in on Genocide in Ambazonia
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, through its director has expressed grave worries over the ongoing genocide in Ambazonia, orchestrated by the blood sucking regime of La Republique du CameroUn (LRC), and the sheer silence of the international community.
In a press statement signed on June 11, 2018 by Prof Frans Viljoen, Director of the center, he raised an international alarm on the crimes against humanity that have been and are being committed in the Federal Republique of Ambazonia, by the terrorist forces from Yaounde.
“Following non-violent actions in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon against the government’s policy of assimilation and discrimination towards that community, the Cameroonian government in October 2016 started brutal crackdowns on peaceful protesters. Since then, the region has witnessed excessive use of force, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention under deplorable conditions, and restrictions on speech and movement. These violations have led to the displacement of a significant number of Cameroonians to Nigeria and thousands of internally displaced persons.” He noted
The Center for Human Rights, also condemns the regime’s repeated denial of many requests by international human rights and humanitarian bodies like the U.N, Amnesty International and others, to have full access into Ambazonia for a first-hand assessment of the situation. It is on this basis that they…
“welcome the decision by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights contained in its Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Cameroon of May 2018, to undertake a promotion mission to Cameroon”
The human rights body, further calls on the colonial regime of LRC to declare an end to its aimless war in Ambazonia, pull out its troops, release all citizens illegally arrested and detain in colonial gulags as a result of the revolution, and engage in meaningful talks with the recognized leaders of Ambazonia. According to the rights crusader, this should be done, while respecting all internationally ratified legal instruments on human and people’s rights. The human rights body also notes that it has submitted a complaint to the UN Commission on Human Rights in relation to the ongoing atrocities.
In concluding, the commission stressed the need for urgent action, stating that, two opportunities for engagements on the revolutionary conflict present themselves at the international Scene in the near future – The upcoming African Union Summit from June 27 to July 4, 2018, and the upcoming regular Human Rights Council, starting on June 18, 2018.
BaretaNews Political Analyst