Outrage at abuse of French-speaking Cameroonians

protestsFrom ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon,YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – NON-governmental organisations are concerned at the repression of English-speaking activists in Cameroon, marked by arbitrary detentions.The Committee of Human Rights Observers France (CODHO France), through its Working Group for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders at Risk,expressed dismay.Scores of activists have borne the brunt of the government’s heavy-handed response to the activists that have staged a series of protests alleging marginalizing by the mainly French-speaking Central African country.Over 70 activists are said to be detained.The North-West and South-West regions are gripped by protests.Among those subjected to repression, CODHO France, are attorney Félix Balla Agbor Nkongho and Neba Fontem Aforteka’a a doctor.The rights organisation added other activists such as Félix Balla Agbor Nkongho, Neba Fontem Aforteka’a and Mancho Bibixy were among other civil society actors who were victims of the political repression by the defense and security forces of Cameroon, notably by arbitrary arrests.They military prosecuted them for “acts of terrorism” in the capital Yaoundé.CODHO France recalled last month, the Military Court rejected the application for provisional release and the judicial supervision of the aforementioned detainees.The central African country’s government, education, and legal systems are dominated by the larger French-speaking region, which accounts for 80 percent of the 23 million population.President Paul Biya, in power since 1982, has been accused of indifference. He rarely makes statements in English.Despite English and French equal under the constitution, official documents are in French before English translations are sought.
– CAJ News

 

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