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UN applauds release of activists, urge gov’t to do more

Antonio Guterres

António Guterres ,United Nations Secretary-General and the Bar Human Rights Committee of ENgland and wales have both applauded the release of several leaders of the English-speaking regions in Cameroon’s South West and North West as well as the dropping of all charges against them.

On 30 August the President of the Republic of Cameroon issued a statement discontinuing the proceedings against those who have been detained in connection with peaceful protests at the imposition of French-speaking judges and the civil law system on Cameroon’s English-speaking minority, in areas governed by Anglophone common law, as well as the French educational system. The President’s decision was said to be in line with numerous measures taken to address concerns raised by the Anglophone region and to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis, which began in October last year.

Following their release, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement issued overnight said the UN boss hopes that the positive step will lead to a further lowering of tensions and strengthened political dialogue.

“The Secretary-General encourages the Cameroonian authorities to pursue their efforts to address the grievances of the Anglophone community and promote measures of national reconciliation in order to find a durable solution to the crisis,” Mr. Dujarric added. The Secretary-General also reiterated the UN’s readiness to continue to support such efforts, the Spokesman said.

Meanwhile BHRC on their part say they are encouraged by the release of the detainees, but however urge the President to ensure that all those connected with peaceful protest are released as soon as possible, and in the interests of finality and certainty, refrain from the threat of further proceedings for all who have been held in detention since January, 2017.


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