Friday, 25 August 2017

Cameroon: 8 Years Ago AU Called For Dialogue With Anglophone Secessionists

Following an ordinary session in May 2009, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights recommended to the State of Cameroon to resolve the demands of the Anglophone secessionist movements through dialogue Excluding any form of secession. 

The Commission prescribed a return to federalism on this occasion.

Federalism, yes but secession, no. This is one of the recommendations made by the African Union's National Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (Cadhp) at its 45th Ordinary Session held from 13 to 27 May 2009 in Banjul, The Gambia . The Commission, in its communication 266/03 , rejected any idea of ​​secession, on 9 January 2003, by members of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) and Southern Cameroons People's Organization (SCAPO). Is shown to be conducive to a comprehensive national dialogue between the state and the secessionists.
Cameroon: 8 Years Ago AU Called For Dialogue With Anglophone Secessionists
In their complaint, these secessionist organizations denounce the violation by the State of Cameroon of their right to self-determination as well as their civil, political and economic rights as provided for in the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights . In its recommendations, Cadhp directs SCNC and SCAPO movements to "transform themselves into political parties, abandon secession and engage in a constructive dialogue with the respondent state on constitutional issues." In the absence of secession, Cadhp proposes the use of federalism: "The Commission has, however, accepted autonomy within a sovereign state, within the framework of an autonomous government, a confederation or a federation".

To the demands of the Anglophone secessionists, the State of Cameroon has always responded by repression: arrests, arbitrary detention, murders, enforced disappearances, legal proceedings, etc. The Cadhp acknowledged all these human rights violations against the Anglophone minority just as it confirmed the marginalization of the latter as well as their right to be considered as a people. HuriNews.

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