Cameroon Stop Repression

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Since September, 22 2020

hundreds of men and women are imprisoned, repressed and tortured in Cameroon for their political choice

Freedom for political detainees of the Biya regime

On October 12, 2020, 14 human rights’ experts of the United Nations called on the Cameroonian authorities, to end the detention of people arrested during peaceful protests within the country and, among others, to end the intimidations against political demonstrators.

In fact, on September 22, 2020, more than 500 people were arrested on the pretext of their participation in peaceful marches organized by a coalition of political parties and civil society associations, including the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM). Through the peaceful expression of their constitutional right to demonstrate and express themselves, the demonstrators particularly demanded the end of the civil war still in progress in the North-West and South-West regions of the country and the organization of a national inclusive dialogue, the consensual reform of the electoral system. They also expressed their disapproval of the institutionalized corruption of the regime and the multifaceted attacks on public wealth.

More than eight months later, and after having been brutalized, tortured and mutilated, 126 of these demonstrators are still illegally and arbitrarily languishing, in conditions that are incompatible with international standards in terms of detention. As the human rights’ experts of the United Nations had already anticipated, these peaceful demonstrators appear before military courts for charges as hollow as ridiculous such as attempted revolution, rebellion, lack of a national identity card, aggravated crowd, attempted insurrection in coaction, conspiracy, outrage to the President of the Republic, etc. These Cameroonians, all civilians appearing before military courts, contrary to the Cameroonian law and jurisprudence as well as to Cameroon's international commitments, are incurring for most of them, the death penalty, simply for having advocated the immediate end of a fratricidal war with its batch of deaths, and an improvement in the rules of the electoral game. In short, their crime is to have asked for the construction of a real peace because constant, since it is based on dialogue, the reform of institutions and the establishment of an electoral system which allows citizens to have legitimate leaders. Because, as human rights’ experts of the United Nations pointed out, “[…] everyone has the right to organize and participate in peaceful meetings, to associate with others and to be part of the conduct of the public life. None of these acts are a crime, and Cameroon should celebrate and accept dissent, because a true democracy takes into account the demands of the people instead of oppressing them. "

“Everyone has the right to organize and participate in peaceful assemblies, to associate with others and to be part of the conduct of the public life. None of these acts are a crime, and Cameroon should celebrate and accept dissent, because a true democracy takes into account the demands of the people instead of oppressing them. "

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, 126 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.

“CameroonStopRepression's mission is to contribute to the immediate release of militants and sympathizers of the CRM, of political hostages of the BIYA regime as well as all political prisoners of the dictatorial system in place.”

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.

Cameroonstoprepression.org give youthe opportunity to accompany us at convenience.

We must act as quickly as possible against the injustice experienced by all political detainees in the BIYA regime because “an injustice committed somewhere is [not only] a threat to justice all over the world” (Martin Luther King Jr), but heralding more serious injustices against ourselves. The death knell is indeed for all of us. Let us all wake up together against the repression in Cameroon.

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