Unfortunately, Cameroon is far from being a democracy: to repress by all means and without any restraint, all those who ask questions or express their disagreement on the management of public affairs, in order to preserve its hold on all the levers of power in the country, that is one of the distinctive marks of Mr. BIYA's regime. His alleged attachment to democratic principles and values is only incantatory. If this was not the case, 124 militants and sympathizers of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement would not have been illegally detained for more than eight months on the pretext of their participation in the peaceful marches of September 22, 2020. Truly, many among them were not even part of the marches. Professor Alain FOGUE TEDOM, National Treasurer of the CRM was arrested the day before the demonstrations while Mr. Olivier BIBOU NISSACK, Advisor and Spokesperson of the National President of the CRM was kidnapped at his home on the day scheduled for the marches. Mr. Pascal ZAMBOUE, National Secretary in charge of Development and Inspection of the CRM was kidnapped by regime agents on October 22, 2020 in Douala, that is to say a month after the peaceful marches, before he was transferred overnight in Yaoundé. All these people, as well as their fellow detainees, are hostages of the BIYA regime and as such, political prisoners. Their place is not within the walls of dehumanization constituted by prisons and detention centers in Cameroon. The place of Mr. Salomon BEAS, young inspired and promising entrepreneur is in the vast projects of the economic and political reconstruction of Cameroon. It is not at New Bell prison in Douala. The place of Madame ASSOMO, a committed militant, a conscious housewife who is aspiring to a better tomorrow for her unemployed children, is not in Mfou prison; it is with her family and in the spaces of socialization where the renaissance of Cameroon is being built. The place of political prisoners detained under the pretext of the so-called Anglophone crisis is around the negotiation table with a view to the immediate establishment of a ceasefire and their immediate release for an opening of an inclusive political dialogue.
How to deal with these injustices and outdated tragedies? Einstein said: “The world is dangerous to live in! Not so much because of those who do evil, but because of those who watch and let it happen.” A borderless coalition of souls of good will loving freedom and justice, Cameroon-Stop-Repression also intends to sensitize foreign and international supporters and accomplices of the BIYA regime on the counterproductive character, in the long term, of their support. The latter is not only contrary to the values of democracy, rule of law and freedom that the States, international institutions and concerned multinational companies claim to support, but also goes against the deep aspirations of the Cameroonian people.
The cameroon-stop-repression.org website aims to constitute a source of first-hand information on the situation of political prisoners in Cameroon. A fresco reveals the face and profile of women and men currently deprived of their liberty for political reasons. Gradually and as far as possible, videos will try to give the measure of the negative impact of the prolonged arbitrary detention of these people in public life, their professional, family and other frameworks. Thanks to the contribution of lawyers of political prisoners in general, and in particular the members of the Sylvain SOUOP Collective, an update is made on the state of the various legal procedures concerning their clients. Although nothing objective is expected from the current legal procedures in Cameroon, their presentation as well as the insights of the councils will give the measure of the inventiveness of a justice under orders in a dictatorship while being in 21st century! To set the scene and contextualize the situation of detainees and political hostages of the BIYA regime, general information on the country is presented directly or through links to other sites. More important than anything, we intend to give everyone the opportunity to join us in this salutary project for Cameroon.
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