Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Anglophone Crisis: so far, Nearly 20,000 dead recorded including the military and civilians according to REDHAC

The crisis in the English-speaking regions has caused the death of several thousand people. According to the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa, nearly 20,000 people have died since the start of the crisis.

According to the executive director of REDHAC, the drama in English-speaking regions is alarming. The assessment of the situation since the start of the crisis is appalling. No less than 20,000 deaths have been recorded.

After the death of around 20 people in Ngarbuh village last weekend, reactions are becoming more and more heard.

20,000 dead

“In view of our investigations, which necessarily represent only part of the reality, we can say that: at least 20,000 dead (populations and security force combined) but more than 15,000 innocent people including women, babies and children, ”said the executive director of REDHAC.
Maximilienne Ngo Mbe spoke in the columns of the daily Le Jour on February 18.

Inmates in the context of the English-speaking crisis number in the tens of thousands. There are also thousands of people in humanitarian situations.

“At least 1,500 people arbitrarily arrested and detained to date; thousands of enforced disappearances and summary and / or extrajudicial executions; the hundreds of burned villages; more than 10,000 people in a serious humanitarian crisis. When we talk about the genocide thesis, it's not a joke, ”she says.

The REDHAC executive director does not fail to offer solutions for a way out of the crisis. According to Maximilienne Ngo Mbe the cards are in the hands of President Paul Biya.

Paul Biya's leadership

“President Paul Biya should take the lead to solemnly declare: the signing of an agreement to cease fire outside Cameroon; the withdrawal of the military from the NOSO regions, the release of Ayuk Tabe and his companions (with the formula either of unconditional release or under house arrest); the pure and simple release of all those arrested in connection with this crisis, ”she pleads.

The return of peace also goes for Maximilienne Ngo Mbe through "bilateral negotiations to find an inclusive and consensual solution to the demands of the separatists and the populations of NOSO". 

It also calls for "the establishment of a Joint Commission". This should include impartial civil society, the National Human Rights Commission, the United Nations Center for Democracy in Central Africa.

Its mission will be to conduct "an independent investigation under the strict control of its Prime Minister". This would allow "that the investigations serve as effective recommendations for the establishment of a Truth Justice Reconciliation Commission, for genuine and lasting reconciliation between Cameroonians," says Maximilienne Ngo Mbe.

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