The President of Cameroon Paul Biya has ordered the release of 333 persons detained for taking part in a separatist uprising. Those detained come from the Northwest and Southwest regions and reportedly played roles in seeking independence for Anglophone Cameroon. President Biya said in a statement on Twitter that he will drop charges against the 333 prisoners arrested for their alleged roles in two year long uprising. The Cameroonean president launched peace talks aimed at ending ongoing fighting between insurgents and the military. More than 1,800 people have been killed…Read More
Four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o has signalled the end to his 22-year playing career. The ex-Cameroon and Barcelona forward, 38, posted on Instagram, stating: “The end, towards a new challenge.” Eto’o, his country’s record scorer with 56 goals in 118 games, also enjoyed brief stints in the English Premier League with Chelsea and Everton. Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar Sports Club, his last club. Eto’o joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1996 at the age of 16, but was limited to just three…Read More
A military court in Cameroon has jailed ten separatist leaders from the English-speaking region for life. A leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe is among the ten people jailed for life. He and nine of his followers were given life sentences by the military court in the capital, Yaoundé. They were convicted of rebellion, complicity in terrorism, financing terrorism, revolution, insurrection, hostility against the state, propagation of fake news and lack of identification. Their lawyers accused the judge of bias and withdrew from the proceedings. The defendants were…Read More
At least 500 people remain detained in overcrowded detention facilities following mass arbitrary arrests in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, and many wounded protestors fled hospitals to avoid arrest, Amnesty International said today. Those detained were arrested following protests in dozens of towns in North-West and South-West Cameroon on 1 October, in which more than 20 people were unlawfully shot dead by security forces. “This mass arrest of protestors, most of whom were acting peacefully, is not only a violation of human rights, but is also likely to be counter-productive,”…Read More
Cameroon’s authorities must urgently reveal the whereabouts of a journalist who has been held in secret detention since his arrest three months ago and give him access to lawyer and his family, Amnesty International said today.
Journalist Ahmed Abba, a Hausa language correspondent for French radio Radio France Internationale (RFI) was arrested on 28 July in the city of Maroua while investigating the Boko Haram conflict in the north of the country. Despite repeated attempts by his lawyer, RFI and his family, he has been refused any contact with the outside world and subject to secret detention – prohibited under international law.Read More