By Eric Tataw – Tuesday June 4, 2019.
The United Nations Security Council would hold another meeting on the Cameroon at the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, Libreville, Gabon, Tuesday June 4, 2019, National Telegraph has been told.
The council is due to hold briefing on Central Africa but nine (9) rights groups have written to members of the council to focus on the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Cameroon.
Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT-France), Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch, Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme Cameroun, Presbyterian Church (USA), Réseau des Défenseurs des Droits Humains en Afrique Centrale (REDHAC), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) wrote the letter to the UNSC, our source noted.
The nine rights groups have literally hit hard on the administration of Paul Biya, Cameroon’s President since 1982. In the letter to members of the council, the rights groups implored the Security Council to formally add Cameroon to its agenda as a regular stand-alone item.
The groups also noted that violence, especially abuse by state security forces, occurs in an atmosphere of near total impunity. They suggest the council should urge Cameroon authorities to investigate and prosecute members of the security forces alleged to have carried out human rights abuses.
The groups went on that leaders of armed separatist groups would be held responsible for serious crimes committed by their fighters, adding that the lack of access to Cameroon and its affected regions is hindering efforts by international human rights and humanitarian organizations to report on abuses and to deliver life-saving assistance to those in need.
Prior to this, UN held talks on Cameroon, Monday May 13, 2019. UN Security Council members held an Arria-formula meeting on “the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon”. The Arria Formula is an informal arrangement that allows the Council greater flexibility to be briefed about international peace and security issues. It has been used frequently and assumed growing importance since it was first implemented in March, 1992.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
The Military has on many occasions been accused of extrajudicial killings in the South West and North West Regions of the country. The Cameroon Government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violations, including targeted killings and the burning down of entire villages.
According to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo, the Cameroon military has been wrapped in several war crimes.
Two recent gruesome acts of the military reported on local television and by relatives of the victims have been the killing of a 3-month-old baby and the burning alive of a 74-year-old women.
The baby, Mbuh Martha was intentionally shot and killed, Monday May 20, 2019 at about 11:15 am by elements of the Cameroon military, residents of Muyuka, a war-torn town in Cameroon’s restive South West Region where the incident took place told National Telegraph.
At 1 am GMT, Thursday May 30, 2019 soldiers moved to the residence of Nda Catherine, 74 at Owe I precisely at Mandongo Road going toward Presbyterian Church Street.
The entire residence was torched, our source said, adding that family members only succeeded in collecting the remains of the charred body of Nda for burial late Thursday morning.