By Eric Tataw – Monday July 29, 2019.
The US Congress would introduce a Resolution in the Senate, Tuesday July 30, 2019, National Telegraph has been told.
Corrine A. Paul, Legislative Correspondent for Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland told National Telegraph’s Editor-in-chief, Friday July 26, 2019 at the Hart Senate Office Building, adding that the Resolution has been initiated by Senator Cardin.
Corrine explained that the phrase Ambazonia or Southern Cameroons hasn’t been mentioned in the Resolution, adding that it doesn’t mean the concerns of Ambazonians aren’t understood.
The Resolution would focus on the release of Anglophone detainees arrested within the context of an ongoing armed conflict, return of peace and normalcy, an all-inclusive dialogue without precondition, among others.
This Resolution is coming a week after another was passed at the House of Representative. On May 7, 2019, Karen Bass, Representative for California’s 37th congressional district, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced legislation calling on the government of Cameroon and all armed factions to respect human rights and the rule of law in addition to adopting nonviolent methods to resolve conflict.
On Tuesday July 23, 2019, the resolution was passed in a vote in the House of Representatives. According to reports, a simple resolution is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
H.Res. 358 as the Resolution is called, is a simple resolution used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. Corrine has however said Tuesday’s Resolution at the Senate is completely different but they would be looking at some elements in Bass’.
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 as it was in 1961. Many are now asking the International Community to look at the root cause of the conflict from 1961.
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.
The Cameroon government has blocked Humanitarian organisations from having access to the war-torn areas while others have been denied entry into the country like a recent case of a Human Rights Watch staff.
Armed separatists have also been accused of torture and human rights abuses according to a recent Human Rights Watch report but they’ve denied any wrongdoing, saying that government soldiers now dress like Ambazonia fighters, commit crimes and blame it on separatist.