February 6, 2007

UNPO Members Appeal for Release of Nfor Ngala Nfor

The Hague, 06 February 2007 – Following the meeting of the UNPO Presidency, held from 1 – 3 February 2007 at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Presidency has expressed its ongoing concern for the continued detention of the UNPO Member Representative from Southern Cameroons, Mr. Nfor Ngala Nfor. All UNPO Members have consequently been urged to send the following appeal to Mr. Paul Biya, The President of the Republic of Cameroon;

 

On 20 January 2007, members of the SCNC assembled some 300 civilians and journalists for a press conference in Bamenda, Southern Cameroons. The press conference was entirely peaceful, and intended to inform the people of Southern Cameroons of Mr. Nfor’s recent efforts to bring international attention to their cause, including his participation at the VIII UNPO General Assembly in Taiwan.

Shortly after the opening of the press conference, the location was raided by armed officers of the Gendarmerie and Divisional Officers from the Mezam region. Witnesses report the arrest of a number of SCNC Leaders and activist, including Mr. Nfor, as well the use of excessive force, resulting in a large number of injuries. Mr. Nfor is at present detained, without charge or trial, at Bamenda Central Prison.

Mr. Nfor is a former member of the UNPO Presidency, and as such, his arrest and detention was the subject of extensive discussions at the latest meeting of the UNPO Presidency, held at the European Parliament in Brussels from 1 to 3 February 2007.

The UNPO Presidency therefore resolved to urge all UNPO Members to appeal to Mr. Paul Biya, The President of the Republic of Cameroon to;

Secure the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, as well as all other SCNC leaders and activist presently under detention;

Cease immediately in unlawful persecution of the people of Southern Cameroons; and

Respect Your obligations under internationally recognized human rights standards to provide for freedom of speech, freedom of association, as well as Your duty to protect those promoting the cause of human rights.

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