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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

UN calls for urgent investigations in English-speaking areas

Adama Dieng, the UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, calls on the Cameroonian authorities to "immediately" investigate killings in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

"Crimes committed by both sides must be investigated properly and independently, and the perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice as a matter of urgency," Adama Dieng said in an interview with the BBC.

The separatists of the southwestern and northwestern regions of Cameroon and the government forces have been accused of kidnappings, extrajudicial executions and village fires.

Adama Dieng invites both parties to "sit down at the table and talk to end the conflict".

"What worries me is that there are still a lot of deaths, more than 400 at the moment, atrocious crimes have been committed.We need a political dialogue, but also a request for justice, "he adds.

Cameroonian government forces have also been accused of human rights abuses against civilians in their fight against the Islamist group Boko Haram in the north of the country.

Adama Dieng also commented on criticism of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a UN court often accused of prosecuting only Africans.

"It is unfortunate that today we have the impression that the ICC is selective, it is not true," he said. The ICC is an important deterrent to war crimes around the world, according to Dieng.

"History has shown that the ICC is an independent tribunal (...) The case concerning Kenya's current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been closed, and we have seen what happened in the case of Jean- Pierre Bemba, who was also acquitted on appeal, "he said.