Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Cameroon Crisis: Biya regime finally allows UN official in Geneva to visit Cameroon after several refusals

After numerous refusals by the Cameroonian authorities, the government has officially invited Michelle Bachelet, to make a working visit to the country, next May.

The Foreign Affairs Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Cameroon to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Como Damien Georges Awoumou, confirmed this official invitation of the Cameroonian President at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council held from February 25 to March 22, can we read in an article published on March 19, 2019 on the website of the journal Integration.

This is a reversal since "all the last year, Yaoundé refused the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights access to its territory. The UN agency wanted to investigate allegations of torture and extrajudicial executions against the defense and security forces in the English-speaking and Far-North regions, "the article said.

Despite these refusals, Zeid al-Hussein, the predecessor of Michelle Bachelet at the head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights warned in late July 2018: "You know, even if you do not let us in, we will investigate. And we will continue to press until you let us in, and there we will report. "

"The change of posture with respect to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights comes at a time when it seems to be forming against the quarantine regime, an international coalition with the political and security crisis that the country is going through," he continues. the newspaper.

According to a strategist close to the power of Yaounde whose identity was not mentioned, the invitation of Paul Biya is clearly a diplomatic maneuver, to get out of the vice that is tightening around him."Cameroon has nothing to hide and is maliciously overwhelmed for designs that we all suspect. Yaoundé must therefore remain cautious, while avoiding any situation of rupture and banishment. This is an approach consistent with Cameroon's diplomatic style: cooperation and prudence, "he argues.

According to the newspaper, "while support is scarce internationally, the power of Yaoundé is trying to build an internal front. Since the American and European exits, the government, the parliament, some political parties and a part of the press stand up against the interference of the foreign powers in the internal affairs of Cameroon ".

Source: cameroon-info.net