Friday, September 14, 2018

ANGLOPHONE CRISIS: MICHELLE BACHELET, FORMER PRESIDENT OF CHILE WARNS SECESSIONISTS


On September 10, at the opening of the 39th session of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the patron of this institution did not mince words to denounce the kidnappings, assassinations and destruction of public property in English-speaking regions.

It is an explicit condemnation of abuses committed by separatist armed gangs in English-speaking areas. It is formulated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. According to the UN, these "armed groups" are responsible for multiple abuses of people, including terrorist acts, as well as the destruction of public buildings.

This condemnation, the first of its kind in the UN diplomatic discourse on the socio-political crisis in the North West and South West regions, is made by Michelle Bachelet himself. This sortie, a real setback for the secessionists in the diplomatic battle they seemed to want to take to the UN Security Council, was made in Geneva (Switzerland) on September 10th.

In her speech at the opening of the 39th session of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the patron of this specialized agency of the UN system, did not mince words about the situation in these countries. two regions of Cameroon. "We strongly condemn," she said, "the kidnapping and killing of students and teachers, and the destruction of schools by armed elements in the northwestern and southwestern regions. These acts of intimidation prevent thousands of children from going to school, "said the diplomat.

The United Kingdom has also clearly condemned the violation of the right to education by secessionists. In its speech last Tuesday, Belgium also explicitly condemned the ongoing violence in these regions. Michelle Bachelet also welcomes the opening of the government. "We note that the Cameroonian government has opened an investigation into alleged military crimes and urges it to punish those who have reportedly violated human rights."

As much to say, the tone of this speech appears as another defeat "on the diplomatic field" for the leaders and supporters of the secessionist movement of Ambazonia. This 39th session was marked by the absence of the United States. The country of Donald Trump left the Council last June accusing the institution of bias against Israel.

Michelle Bachelet, who on occasion gave her very first speech as patron of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, is the daughter of a general opposed to Augusto Pinochet, who died after months of cell and torture. This former president of Chile (twice) has experienced the constraints of the leadership of a state and has dealt with the political police in his country.



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