October 5, 2007
In preparation of the 01 October celebrations, La République du Cameroun (LRC) forces are reported to have monitored, detained and severely physically abused numerous Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) members in the hopes of disuading them to hold activities for the Southern Cameroons national holiday.
On 25 September 2007, the house of SCNC member, Mr. James Sabum, was ravaged by state soldiers. Not finding Mr. Sabum, officers of the LRC detained and tortured his family. His 25 year-old son, Mr. Valentine Tuma Sabum, 25, was reportedly beaten to an unconscious state and required hospitalization.
Moreover, on 30 September 2007, UNPO received disturbing information regarding a series of arbitrary detentions. Indeed, four (4) SCNC members and supporters were arrested and are currently detained. Their names are as follows:
-Emmanuel Doh Fongu,
-Stephen Mbah, Tiko Chairman
-Andrew Fokum, Muyuka Chairman
On 01 October 2007, the aggression continued when nine (9) men were again arbitrarily arrested. Preliminary reports state that they have been severely beaten and tortured. Currently, they are said to be detained without legitimate justification. Their names are as follows:
-Mallan Issa Yuyar (38), SCNC Kumbo Chairman
-Njoka Federick Barah (30), SCNC Official of Jakiri
-Victor Ndiydiy (52), SCNC Official of
-Mongo Philimon, Ngoketungia
UNPO condemns the continued blatant disregard of human rights in Southern Cameroons by authorities in the
- Urge authorities of the
- Remind authorities in the
- Consider a country visit to the Republic of Cameroon which You may evaluate and report on the Government of the Republic of Cameroon’s practices with particular attention towards minority communities and indigenous peoples, such as the anglophone Southern Cameroons community.
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