Sunday, February 23, 2020

Crimes in Anglophone regions: Paul Biya pinned for 'human rights violations'

French President Emmanuel Macron described the massacre of 23 people on February 14 as "intolerable human rights violations" on Saturday. He also said he wanted to "put pressure" on Cameroonian President Paul Biya.

“I will call next week the president (of Cameroon) Paul Biya and we will put the maximum pressure so that the situation stops. There are human rights violations in Cameroon that are intolerable, I'm doing my best, "explained the French head of state on the sidelines of a visit to the Paris Agricultural Show, while he was questioned on this question by a passerby. 

Shortly before dawn on February 14, armed men - 40 to 50 all wearing army uniforms and some masked, according to testimony gathered by aid workers, attacked the Ngarbuh neighborhood, in the village of Ntumbo, then shot and burned residents. 

According to the UN, which has requested an independent and impartial investigation, 15 children, nine of whom are under the age of five, are among the 23 victims in the English-speaking part of the country. 

Traditional ally

“France has a complicated role in Africa, when France says: such a leader has not been democratically elected, Africans tell us what are you doing?… I put pressure on everyone; I work with the African Union to put pressure, "added Emmanuel Macron, arguing that" it is not France that can make democracy in Cameroon, it is the Cameroonians ". 

Tuesday, France, a traditional ally of Cameroon, had already condemned "violence" and asked that "those responsible answer for their actions". 

The Cameroonian army which evokes "five victims" assured Monday that the drama was the result of an "unfortunate accident", after the explosion of several fuel containers during exchanges of fire between security forces and secessionist rebels .

Source: jeune afrique