The conflict that started in the Anglophone region of Cameroon in 2017 persists. State repression in this region has been intensified with the pursuit of arbitrary arrests and detentions as well as extrajudicial killings and the burning of villages. Amnesty International reports on this situation in Cameroon. Here is an excerpt:
The campaign, ‘Don’t shut them up: Free victims of arbitrary detention now’, calls on the authorities to immediately release people arrested for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.
The campaign focuses on dozens of individuals from the Northwest and Southwest Anglophone regions, arrested for taking part in peaceful protests, and at least 107 supporters of opposition party Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC).
“Over the past five years, the human rights situation has grown increasingly bleak as people from Anglophone regions, including journalists, human rights defenders, activists and supporters of political opposition, have been arrested and jailed for expressing their opinions or peacefully protesting,” said Fabien Offner, Amnesty International’s Central Africa Researcher.
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