Saturday, December 15, 2018

War in Ambazonia: the heavy secret of Biya and his ministers finally reveals

In its latest report, published on December 10, 2018, Amnesty International raises alarm bells on the human rights situation in Cameroon. 

Franklin Mowha, national president of Frontline Fighters for Citizens' Interests (FFCI) and member of the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (Redhac) has been missing since 6 August 2018, when he had his last exchanges telephone with his wife and colleagues from the Azim Hotel, located in Kumba, in the Southwest Region. Franklin Mowha traveled to Kumba on 2 August 2018 to carry out a mission to document cases of human rights violations in the context of the socio-political crisis in the North West and South West regions.

In Amnesty International's annual report, published on Monday (December 10th), the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) reports that Mowha's case is emblematic of "the violent crackdown by the government, which does not want to let anything leak. persistent clashes between the army and armed separatist organizations in the English-speaking regions ".

In a previous report published on November 29, 2018, the NGO noted that restrictions on freedom of expression mark "a worrying signal" of President Paul Biya's new term. According to the report, "at least six journalists" have been arrested across the country in recent weeks "mainly following the publication of critical information to the Cameroonian authorities" regarding the management of the so-called Anglophone crisis.

"Because of the arrests, it is becoming increasingly difficult for independent journalists and members of civil society to play their role safely while in the current context the information, dialogue and participation of all components of society are essential, "said Emilie Leroux, Cameroon Project Manager (CCFD-Terre Solidaire).