Monday, May 13, 2019

Ambazonia: US Congress strikes Biya again

The condemnations against the Yaoundé power are constantly coming in at the international level with regard to the armed clashes in North-West and South-West Cameroon.

After the Parliament of the European Union, it is the turn of the US Congress to rebel against the US government he holds responsible for atrocities committed in English-speaking regions.

A resolution adopted by the US Congress on May 7, 2019, requires Yaoundé's power to open "without preconditions" for dialogue with religious and community leaders in English-speaking areas, as well as for the liberation of human rights defenders. the man and all those arrested in connection with the Anglophone crisis.

Read the full resolution:

Representatives room.

1) strongly condemns the abuses committed in the English-speaking areas of Cameroon by Cameroonian security forces and armed groups, including extrajudicial executions and detentions, the use of force against civilians and non-violent protesters, and that the violation of the freedoms of the press, the expression Assembly;

(2) affirms that the United States continues to hold the Government of Cameroon accountable for the respect of the rights of all citizens, regardless of their political views or beliefs or the region in which they reside, in accordance with Cameroon's international obligations and to Cameroon's own Constitution;

(3) urges all parties, including political opposition groups, to exercise restraint and to ensure that protests remain peaceful;

(4) Urges the Government of Cameroon to:

(A) engage in a broadened dialogue without preconditions and make a credible faith effort to work with religious and community leaders in the English-speaking region to resolve grievances and seek non-existent solutions; violent conflict resolution and constitutional reforms that may protect minorities' concerns, such as rebuilding a federal system;

(B) respond to initiatives developed to resolve grievances, including the Bilingualism and Multiculturalism Commission, the Ministry of Decentralization, and the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, which currently do not provide any visible evidence their constructive role in solving the crisis;

(C) respect the fundamental rights of all Cameroonian citizens, including political activists and journalists;

(D) ensure that all security operations are conducted in accordance with international human rights standards, including to ensure that security forces use force only in appropriate circumstances;

(E) to investigate in a transparent manner all allegations of human rights violations committed in English-speaking areas and to take the necessary measures to prevent arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances, deaths in custody and inhuman conditions prisons;

(F) promptly charge or release all persons detained in the context of the Anglophone crisis, including Cameroonians forcibly returned from Nigeria, and ensure that all future detainees are treated as planned in accordance with the Cameroonian Penal Code;

(G) allow unimpeded access to humanitarian workers and health professionals in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence;

(H) release Cameroonian Renaissance Movement leaders and party members arrested as a result of their peaceful demonstrations and ensure that this party, like the others, can fully participate in the upcoming municipal, parliamentary and regional elections;

(I) release human rights defenders, civil society activists, political prisoners, journalists, trade unionists, teachers and other citizens who have been arbitrarily arrested and detained without trial or accusation;

(J) ensure that detainees are treated fairly and humanely, through appropriate judicial procedures, including a register of persons detained by the Cameroonian security forces, and unrestricted access to judicial resources; and

(K) ensure that Cameroon's anti-terrorism legislation is used only to prosecute offenses that would be considered acts of terrorism under international legal norms, and stop using such legislation to punish activities protected by international law. national and international guarantees of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with others; and

(5) urges separatist groups to:

(A) engage in a broad dialogue, without preconditions, with Cameroonian government officials, as well as civil society and religious leaders, in order to peacefully express their grievances and credibly engage in non-violent efforts to resolve the conflict;

(B) immediately stop committing human rights violations, including killings of civilians, the use of child soldiers, torture, kidnapping and extortion;

(C) immediately end the boycott of the school and stop attacks on schools, teachers and education officials, and allow the safe return of all students to class;

(D) put an end to incitement to violence and hate speech by the diaspora; and

(E) immediately release all civilians illegally detained or kidnapped in the English-speaking regions of North West and South West.