The government of Cameroon have been urged to immediately release all those held for their political views or for exercising their right to peacefully assemble.
According to the Cameroon Renaissance Party, over two hundred supporters have been detained since September 22 after security forcies cracked down on a peaceful protest in several towns in the country.
In its latest presser on the situation, Human Rights Watch called on The African Union (AU), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and Cameroon’s other regional and international partners to publicly denounce the crackdown on Cameroon’s political opposition and other dissenters.
According to Human Rights Watch, these groups should press the Cameroon government to hold to account those responsible for violations of the rights to assembly, to liberty, and to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.
“African and regional bodies should call out Cameroon’s government for its repression and rampant abuses,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “As the end of the AU’s 2020 theme, ‘Silencing the gun,’ approaches, it’s crucial for these institutions to send strong messages to President Paul Biya’s administration that flagrant violations of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other human rights treaties are unacceptable.”
In a statement released last week, the spokesperson of the Cameroon government, Rene Emmanuel Sadi denied allegations of human rights violation and said the law is gradually taking its course and all those who are not guilty of any wrongdoing will be released.