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Francophone activist faces death threats for supporting Anglophone protesters

Maximilienne Ngo Mbe Nkom

Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, Cameroonian human rights activist says she is currently facing death threats in relation to her support for Anglophone activists detained for supposedly masterminding or taking part in on-going protests in the North West and South West regions. The Observatory for the protection of Human rights defenders on June 23, in an open letter, called for rights activists to run to the rescue of their fellow activist whose life, the organisation said, is in danger.

Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, is the Executive Director of the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa. Going the Observatory for the protection of Human rights defenders,  Ngo Mbe is facig threats through messages from unknown sources. She is said to have also been receiving anonymous calls since May 30. The unidentified callers, a note from the Observatory said, accuse her of trying to destabilise Cameroon.

“You are going to die, no matter what you do. Our country will not fall into any sort of destabilisation;” such are some of the messages, the Observatory says Ngo Mbe has been receiving practically on a daily basis ever since she overtly spoke out against the arrests of activists in Anglophone regions.

It should be recalled that she is noted for showing up at the Military Tribunal in Yaounde each time, Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, Mancho Bibixy, leaders of the protests and other supposed protesters are brought in for trial. Her organisation has also printed banners and scarfs which they share to everyone interested in the struggle for the liberation of the anglophones, some of whom have been in detention since December last year

Activist wearing a scarf of REDHAC rights group, Yaounde, March 23 (c)All rights reserve

In an open letter to President Biya, PM Yang, Chairman of the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms and Cameroonian ambassador to the UN office in Geneva, the Observatory for the protection of Human rights defenders accuses Cameroonian secret service agents of masterminding the death threats.

The Observatory requests among other things, the protection of Maximilienne Ngo Mbe and her family as well as other rights activists in Cameroon. It also demands government should carry out throrough investigations into the death threats and put an end to them.

Maximilienne Ngo Mbe is the second francophone activist supposedly intimidated for speaking out against the alleged abuse of rights of protesters in the North West and South West region. Rev Quentin Cameroun Mbock of Human Rights Cameroon NGO was grilled by security forces earlier this year for the same motives.

Published on 05.05.2023

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