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Cameroon: Akere Muna clamours for Kamto’s release at meeting with UN rights chief

Former Presidential candidate Barrister Akere Muna has called for the release of Maurice Kamto and about 200 of his supporters detained in Yaounde since January.

Akere Muna made the call on Saturday April 4 during his meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

Akere Muna used the opportunity to present the human rights situation in Cameroon from his own perspective and called for an inclusive dialogue as the only way out of the current impasse.

This is what Akere Muna said after meeting the UN Rights’ chief;

“…It was an opportunity to talk about the systemic failures, as well as the sad situation of Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights in our country.

I insisted on the need for an immediate, inclusive dialogue, as well as the release of all those arrested following the problems in the Anglophone regions and the last presidential elections.

I mentioned clearly the fact that Professor Kamto and about 200 others (civilians) facing trial before a military court was a clear example of the government using the courts to settle political scores.

Madame Bachelet’s background, as one who suffered under the dictatorial reign of President Pinochet, arrested and tortured, whose father died as a result of torture and who was forced into exile before coming back to her country and ran for office after serving as Minister.

With such a background, there is no doubt that Mrs. Bachelet can say  ‘I understand your pain’. She insisted on the importance of equality and justice. I am sure that the Security Council meeting planned for the 13th of May will benefit a great deal from her findings.”



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