Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Anglophone Crisis: UN Accuses Government and Armed Men

The New United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says she is worried over the worsening security situation in Cameroon’s Anglophone region.

Speaking during the 39 session of Human right council, Bachelet intimated that the situation required urgent attention and Yaoundé had failed to take the lead in ensuring a resolution to the crisis.

She spoke about the economic, social and educational impact of hostilities by government forces and separatists, condemning attacks of teachers and students

The UN right Chief noted that the situation in Cameroon has worsened in recent months, as fighting has been intensified between security forces and armed groups, with a large number of civilian victims and over 180,000 people forced to take refuge far from their homes – now in pressing need of humanitarian assistance.

She said many economic activities in the North West and South West are now paralyzed, amisd a volatile security context and many people fear reprisals if they participate in the Presidential elections scheduled next month.
Anglophone Crisis: UN Accuses Government and Armed Men
The UN right chief also regretted that the Government has not acted to promote the conference on dialogue suggested by religious leaders, and there is still no mechanism in place which could envisage a halt in hostilities in the short term.

She condemned reports of the killing and abductions by armed elements and saluted investigations into several atrocious crimes apparently committed by members of the military, and urge swift and effective action to ensure all the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable.
The UN demands that, due process be guaranteed for all those detained in connection with terrorism.

Culled from Mimi Mefo Info

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