October 5, 2007

UNPO Urges UN for Action in Southern Cameroons

UNPO is deeply concerned after receiving reports from the Southern Cameroons describing infringements of human rights conducted by authorities of the Republic of Cameroon in connection with the celebration of the national holiday by UNPO Members the Southern Cameroons on 01 October 2007.

The Hague, 04 October 2007 – UNPO is deeply concerned after receiving reports from the Southern Cameroons describing infringements of human rights conducted by authorities of the Republic of Cameroon in connection with the celebration of the national holiday by UNPO Members the Southern Cameroons on 01 October 2007. UNPO therefore appeals to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nation Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and the United Nation Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to take action regarding the continued persecution against the Southern Cameroons community. 

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, SCNC Fako County Chairman

-Stephen Mbah, Tiko Chairman

-Andrew Fokum, Muyuka Chairman

-Issac Mbanje

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:

-Stephen Kongso, SCNC Bui County Chairman

-Mallan Issa Yuyar (38), SCNC Kumbo Chairman

-Njoka Federick Barah (30), SCNC Official of Jakiri

-Victor Ndiydiy (52), SCNC Official of Bui County

-Mongo Philimon, Ngoketungia County Chairman

-Ntogang Thomas, Ngoketungia County Executive Member

-Mokum Clement, Ngoketungia County Executive Member

-John Ndi, Ngoketungia County Executive Member

-Mofor James, Ngoketungia County Executive Member 

UNPO condemns the continued blatant disregard of human rights in Southern Cameroons by authorities in the Republic of Cameroon; therefore UNPO appeals to the High Commissioner and the Special Rapporteurs to;

- Urge authorities of the Republic of Cameroon to immediately halt further persecution of the Southern Cameroons community; 

- Remind authorities in the Republic of Cameroon of their obligations under internationally recognized standards of human rights; and

- 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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