Friday, March 13, 2020

Ngarbuh massacre: Sissuk Ayuk Tabe finally breaks the silence

'The Ngarbuh incident is one of the last cases of the atrocities ...'

In an interview with the newspaper Le Messager in his publication of March 11, 2020, the President of the Virtual Republic of Ambazonia, Sisuk Ayuk Tabe speaks about the armed conflict in the North West and South West regions. He is in favor of an “impartial” negotiation and gives some clue which he believes will help stem the crisis.

Lebledparle.com offers you the full interview with Ayuk Tabe. 

What is the state of mind of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and 9 other people convicted with him? 

It has been over 2 years since we were removed from a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria and illegally transferred to Yaoundé. We were held incommunicado for 7 months without access to family, friends or counsel. We have been treated in the most dehumanizing conditions and deprived of our basic human rights. It only strengthened our determination. We recognize that there is no justice in obtaining a Cameroonian regime that violates international law by kidnapping refugees and asylum seekers and illegally transporting them across international borders. We recognize that there is no justice in obtaining a regime that fabricates evidence to support false accusations. We recognize that there is no justice in having a regime that mock trials and grant life sentences to people who have not committed any crime. After more than two years of captivating and illegal detention, the regime, through its brutal actions, has only convinced us, as well as many other Southern Cameroonians, of the validity of our cause and the need to remain firm. 

Where are we with the appeal of your case ?? 

We currently have no update on the status of our call. The military court made it almost impossible for us to appeal life sentences by imposing enormous costs and allowing very limited time to file all of the findings. Despite the obstacles, we were able to fulfill the conditions and complete all of the submissions within the prescribed deadlines. However, more than six months after the appeal was filed, we have yet to return to the Court of Appeal. Obviously, the regime, which sat for 19 consecutive hours, to conduct a mock trial which ended at 5 a.m. and ignored the fact that there was no defense lawyer in court, is in no rush to reconsider its decisions. 

The death toll in the Noso is staggering. People estimate it at 3000. What is your opinion on these figures? 

The figures cited were largely underestimated, presumably to hide the fact that the Cameroonian army is committing genocide in southern Cameroon (Ambazonia). We are not surprised, because even during its last massacre in Ngarbuh, while all reliable sources estimate the number of people killed by the Cameroonian soldiers at more than 23, including 14 children and 2 pregnant women, the Yaoundé regime is lying and still speaks of 5. From this, according to the information available to us, more than 30,000 people, mainly children, adolescents, women, including pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly were killed by Cameroonian soldiers who also burned down around 500 villages. In doing so, they displaced more than 1.4 million people, including more than 120,000 refugees in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and remote locations such as Mexico, Guatemala and the United States of America. In fact, it is one of the few conflicts in the world where there are no documented prisoners of war. This clearly shows that the Cameroonian army is committing genocide. It is only a matter of time before the convening of an internationally mandated fact-finding mission. At this point, the true extent of the crimes committed will be revealed and members of the regime and their facilitators prosecuted. There is an unthinkable misery of the population with 60,000 refugees in Nigeria and 600,000 displaced persons. In fact, it is one of the few conflicts in the world where there are no documented prisoners of war. This clearly shows that the Cameroonian army is committing genocide. It is only a matter of time before the convening of an internationally mandated fact-finding mission. At this point, the true extent of the crimes committed will be revealed and members of the regime and their facilitators prosecuted. There is an unthinkable misery of the population with 60,000 refugees in Nigeria and 600,000 displaced persons. In fact, it is one of the few conflicts in the world where there are no documented prisoners of war. This clearly shows that the Cameroonian army is committing genocide. It is only a matter of time before the convening of an internationally mandated fact-finding mission. At this point, the true extent of the crimes committed will be revealed and members of the regime and their facilitators prosecuted. There is an unthinkable misery of the population with 60,000 refugees in Nigeria and 600,000 displaced persons. It is only a matter of time before the convening of an internationally mandated fact-finding mission. At this point, the true extent of the crimes committed will be revealed and members of the regime and their facilitators prosecuted. There is an unthinkable misery of the population with 60,000 refugees in Nigeria and 600,000 displaced persons. It is only a matter of time before the convening of an internationally mandated fact-finding mission. At this point, the true extent of the crimes committed will be revealed and members of the regime and their facilitators prosecuted. There is an unthinkable misery of the population with 60,000 refugees in Nigeria and 600,000 displaced persons. 

What is your opinion on the seriousness of the disaster ??

As previously mentioned, the figures seriously underestimate the gravity of the genocide perpetrated by the Cameroonian military in the Southern Cameroons (alias Ambazonia). When the mandated fact-finding mission at international level is finally convened, the real scale of the genocide will finally be revealed. 

It has now been around 4 years that more than 600,000 young people have been deprived of education in the conflict zone. What is the future of these young people? 

One of the causes of the conflict has been the systematic destruction of the Anglo-Saxon educational system of the Southern Cameroons by the Biya regime over the past 38 years. The regime has tended to confuse school attendance with education even when there are no teachers or classrooms. Educational policies have served to destroy programs and impoverish parents while ensuring that children have a very limited education, making them practically unemployable. When teachers asked for better conditions, including curriculum and policy improvements, they were brutalized. The events of the past four years, the Cameroonian military burnt down entire communities, including schools and hospitals, raped young girls and killed babies, women and children, as was the case in Muyaka on May 20, 2019 where Martha, a 4-month-old baby, was killed, and the most recent case in Ngarbuh on February 14, 2020 where the Cameroonian military massacred 34 people including 14 schoolchildren, makes schooling dangerous for our children. It should not be forgotten that the right to life replaces the right to education. We believe that, given the right environment and investment in education and with the right policies, the damage that our children have suffered and are suffering can be reversed. The Biya regime is unable to provide such an environment or adopt such policies. and the most recent case of Ngarbuh on February 14, 2020 where the Cameroonian soldiers massacred 34 people including 14 schoolchildren, makes schooling dangerous for our children. It should not be forgotten that the right to life replaces the right to education. We believe that, given the right environment and investment in education and with the right policies, the damage that our children have suffered and are suffering can be reversed. The Biya regime is unable to provide such an environment or adopt such policies. and the most recent case of Ngarbuh on February 14, 2020 where the Cameroonian soldiers massacred 34 people including 14 schoolchildren, makes schooling dangerous for our children. It should not be forgotten that the right to life replaces the right to education. We believe that, given the right environment and investment in education and with the right policies, the damage that our children have suffered and are suffering can be reversed. The Biya regime is unable to provide such an environment or adopt such policies. given the right environment and investments in education and with the right policies, the damage that our children have suffered and are suffering can be reversed. The Biya regime is unable to provide such an environment or adopt such policies. given the right environment and investments in education and with the right policies, the damage that our children have suffered and are suffering can be reversed. The Biya regime is unable to provide such an environment or adopt such policies. 

In the face of this calamity, do you not bear responsibility for the pains of these people? 

The responsibility lies entirely with Mr. Paul Biya and his regime, which responded forcefully to the peaceful protests; beatings, rapes, torture, arrests, kidnappings, murders, genocides and massacres. In November 2017, he irresponsibly declared war on the people of the Southern Cameroons. Faced with such a declaration, our people finally stood up to defend themselves, which is their right. There have been many calls from church leaders, local and international NGOs, the United Nations, the African Union, the Commonwealth, the European Parliament, the British government, the United States government, the Swiss government, and even the French government so that Mr. Biya: cancels the war, demilitarizes southern Cameroon, releases all those imprisoned in the context of this crisis and engages in an inclusive dialogue without preconditions. These calls went unanswered. Meanwhile, his army continues to rape and pillage, massacre people, including babies and pregnant women, and burn whole communities. The brutality with which the government of Cameroon and its security forces continued the war in southern Cameroon defied even the most pessimistic projections. This clearly demonstrates that these people place no value on human life, particularly the life of Southern Cameroonians, whom they profess to love and fight to stay together in their unique and indivisible country. When we were incarcerated at SED, 

Do your armed groups listen to you? 

Ambazonia has self-defense groups that have created themselves automatically to defend themselves, their families and their communities against the war declared to the inhabitants of southern Cameroon by Mr. Biya. As presidents of the interim government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, Ambazonians from all walks of life, both here and in the diaspora, including those from vigilante groups, look to me. 

Recently there have been unfortunate incidents on the ground, such as the 22 deaths in Ngarbuh, the beheading of Florence last year, the woman buried alive and many others. All of this caused a national outcry. Do you share this collective feeling ??

The Ngarbuh massacre and the other horrific murders of Southern Cameroonians show how deep Mr. Biya and his regime are ready to descend, in order to put an end to the legitimate aspirations of the Southern Cameroonians to free themselves from occupation and colonization. Our thoughts are with the people of Ngarbuh and all Southern Cameroonians who have lost loved ones because of this unnecessary conflict. We note that Ngarbuh is just one of the hundreds of massacres that have taken place in the Southern Cameroons in the past 3 years. Between the end of 2019 and now, there have been massacres similar to Pinyin, Balikumbat, Bafut, Muyuka, Bum, Wum, Weh, Ekona, Fongum, Kwakwa, Babanki and Kupe-Manenguba, just to mention a few - some, where a similar number of innocent people have been murdered or burned alive by the Cameroonian military. The Ngarbuh incident is one of the last cases of atrocities committed by the Cameroonian army in the Southern Cameroons. 

The President of the Republic has implemented peace initiatives such as the various laws resulting from the Grand National Dialogue, the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (Ddr), the National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism. How do you appreciate these peace initiatives ?? 

The conflict in the Southern Cameroons is anchored in international law according to UN resolutions 1514 and 1608. It is centered on the reestablishment of the independence of the Southern Cameroons which entered into force on October 1, 1961. The fact that the Southern Cameroons was annexed by The Republic of Cameroon and has been under occupation since then must be addressed in the context of any solution to the conflict. The initiatives that Mr. Biya and his regime claim to implement have nothing to do with the root causes of the conflict. They also did not address the fact that Mr. Biya declared war on southern Cameroon in November 2017 or that his forces committed genocide against the Southern Cameroonians. It is very evident, after almost 4 years, that Mr. Biya's regime is unable to resolve this conflict. Their increased use of gratuitous violence and the activation of inter-community conflicts between the Mbororo and the indigenous peoples of the Southern Cameroons clearly shows that they only believe in violence as a way of solving problems. Unfortunately, this not only results in loss of human life, but there is no possibility of victory for him, even in the distant future. Mr. Biya largely underestimated the determination of the Ambazonians. 

On the other hand, what do you think that the President of the Republic of Cameroon would have done differently to ensure the return of peace in the conflict zones ?? 

Biya declared war on the Southern Cameroons in 2017. After that, by his own admission in Lyon in 2019, all attempts to assimilate the Southern Cameroonians had failed. The ongoing genocide will not succeed in stifling the real aspirations of the people of the Southern Cameroons to free themselves from oppression and tyranny. For peace to reign, Mr. Biya must end the war, withdraw his soldiers from the Southern Cameroons, release all prisoners of war and initiate a mediation dialogue with the Southern Cameroonians to end his annexation of the Southern Cameroons.

If you were invited to participate in the Grand National Dialogue, under what conditions would you have accepted the invitation? 

We have always declared our availability for dialogue provided that it is ensured by independent and credible parties in a neutral territory. The Grand National Dialogue was a mirage. It lacked the capacity and the legitimacy to resolve an international conflict between southern Cameroon and the Republic of Cameroon. It was mainly undertaken to solve internal problems in The Republic of Cameroon, in which we now have little or no interest. 

Your position is for the separation of the English-speaking regions of The Republic of Cameroon. If there is a negotiation, what will be your minimum take to abandon the separation program ??

I take this opportunity to correct this misconception conveyed by the press and supporters of the regime of the Republic of Cameroon. We are in the process of restoring the independence and sovereignty of southern Cameroon. The Southern Cameroons has never been part of the Republic of Cameroon. The Republic of Cameroon gained independence on January 1, 1960. At that date, its international borders were frozen. Southern Cameroon was not part of the Republic of Cameroon on January 1, 1960. How is it today part of a single and indivisible Republic of the Republic of Cameroon ?? The February 1961 plebiscite on "Achieving independence through membership?" and the vote that followed in no way bequeathed the Southern Cameroons to the Republic of Cameroon. The AU charter clearly states that all countries maintain their borders at independence. The UN charter requires a treaty of union between the Southern Cameroons and the Republic of Cameroon and no such treaty exists. The idea that we separate two entities together is wrong. Under international law, the Southern Cameroons and the Republic of Cameroon are two separate entities on separate international borders, and the vast majority of Southern Cameroonians have come to recognize this fact. Until the independence of southern Cameroon is restored, all discussion of the alternatives will be in vain. The idea that we separate two entities together is wrong. Under international law, the Southern Cameroons and the Republic of Cameroon are two separate entities on separate international borders, and the vast majority of Southern Cameroonians have come to recognize this fact. Until the independence of southern Cameroon is restored, all discussion of the alternatives will be in vain. The idea that we separate two entities together is wrong. Under international law, the Southern Cameroons and the Republic of Cameroon are two separate entities on separate international borders, and the vast majority of Southern Cameroonians have come to recognize this fact. Until the independence of southern Cameroon is restored, all discussion of the alternatives will be in vain. 

What is your relationship with the country's political class? 

Cameroon policy only interests us when it has an impact on the well-being of Southern Cameroonians. Our long-term objective is to ensure that southern Cameroon maintains a cordial relationship with all of its neighbors, that it guarantees regional stability for the return of peace and prosperity. To this extent, we remain impartial observers of Cameroon's domestic policy. Because, it has little or no impact; first of all on the liberation of our people and finally on the positive results we seek for the development of the Southern Cameroons. 

Armed groups have recently called for the resignation of SDF parliamentarians. What is the reason for their request ?? 

If the armed groups asked for the resignation of the SDF parliamentarians, it is simply because these parliamentarians, by their words and deeds, did not present themselves as representatives of the Southern Cameroonians. While the US Congress and Senate, the French Parliament, the German Parliament, the European Parliament and the House of Lords and the United Kingdom House of Commons held debates to discuss the plight of the Southern Cameroonians, the Parliament Cameroonian has banned all discussions on the issue. This clearly shows that the fate of the Southern Cameroonians is not their main concern. As such, no individual claiming to represent the Southern Cameroonians should be part of such a parliament. 

What is your relationship with the Cameroonian diaspora ?? 

The Southern Cameroonians of the diaspora largely share our vision of a free and sovereign nation whose independence has been restored. They want to be able to freely visit their ancestral homes without fear of harassment, arrest, detention and torture. They also do not want to pay unjustly large sums of money for passports or travel documents or suffer the countless injustices and indignities that accompany being treated as second-class citizens in The Republic of Cameroon. To this extent, we share the same objectives, a common objective and a common destiny. It is this unity of purpose that unites us. These links are stronger than all the intrigues that the Biya regime can conceive to divide us. 

You have requested the services of J. Cohen as your representative in all negotiations. Where are you today?

We have assembled a team of people to represent Ambazonia in the event of real negotiations with The Republic of Cameroon. Details will be made public when the time comes. The Americans have made it clear that none of the parties to the conflict can win the war militarily, which implies that it is only on the negotiating table that the problem can be resolved. 

What do you think should be done for negotiations to take place, in terms of: parties involved; the place ; the preconditions; and implementation of resolutions ?? 

Regarding the resolution of the conflict, we have clearly stated our position: negotiations must take place between the Republic of Cameroon and southern Cameroon and must be facilitated by the United Nations as has been the case in other similar conflicts. like the one between Sudan and South Sudan or the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Negotiations must also take place in a neutral environment. Finally, for the negotiations to have any meaning, the Biya regime must show good faith by declaring a cease-fire, by freeing all prisoners detained in the context of the conflict and by withdrawing the Cameroonian soldiers from the conflict zones . We firmly believe that the UN will serve as an ideal mediator because this conflict is entirely within its purview, because the root causes of the conflict can be attributed to the botched decolonization of southern Cameroon in 1961. In addition, the United Nations is best placed to ensure the implementation of mediation resolutions. 

What message of hope do you have for the Cameroonian people? 

My message is rather addressed to the Southern Cameroonians who suffered most of this conflict. They are the ones who saw their friends, families and loved ones raped, murdered or burned alive, their homes and businesses, crops and livestock destroyed and their children kidnapped and detained in horrible conditions in the dungeons of the Republic of Cameroon. and in our homeland. I ask them to stay resolved. Their sacrifices cannot and will never be in vain. The search for the restoration of the state of southern Cameroon is a just cause. It is steeped in history, culture and international law. And because we stand on the truth, we will prevail. 

Is there anything you would like to add? 

Genocide is currently taking place in the Southern Cameroons. The Republic of Cameroon is doing everything to cover it. The Ngarbuh massacre should be a revelation to the world. After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, world leaders promised that it would never happen again. Unfortunately, the Cameroonian army is committing genocide in the Southern Cameroons and the world is silent. We understand that the United Nations has received numerous calls and plans to convene a fact-finding mission mandated to establish the truth, bring the perpetrators to justice and, hopefully, end and end the violence entirely. It cannot happen soon enough. The catalysts for the ongoing genocide within the Biya regime and the Cameroonian media must understand that they will ultimately be brought to justice regardless of the duration of the conflict. All the evidence already gathered is too heavy to be ignored by the international criminal court. Biya is expected to respond to numerous calls from the international community to end the genocide, withdraw his militaries, release all those detained in the context of the conflict and enter into real negotiations with the Southern Cameroonians without preconditions.


Source: lebledparle.com