Anglophone Crisis: Urgent resignment of the SDO for Manyu

Posted on December 3, 2017 13:46:54 Filed in Cameroun

file:///C:/Users/ALIMATOU/AppData/Local/Temp/Gov%20sw%202-2.jpgCOMMUNIQUE N°76 CAJ /2017

The CAJ Mandela Center,


Attention to the National and International Community:

That on December 1st, the Cameroonian Head of State, Paul Biya, after returning from Cote d'Ivoire, where he participated in the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, in response to the death of six elements of armed forces in the Southwest, told the state broadcaster (CRTV) that " all steps are being taken to neutralize those criminals and ensure that peace and security are safeguarded throughout the national territory";

That in his wake, the Senior Divisional Officer for Manyu Division, OUM II Joseph, appointed by presidential Decree No. 2017/343 of 03 July 2017, in a Communiqué No. G38 / C62 / V III / 373 asked all residents of about twenty villages to "Relocate to safer neighbourhoods of their choice in the hours that follow" before the start of military operations;

That faced with the multiform pressure, this product of the ENAM, in another Communiqué No G38 / C62 / V III / 374 of December 2nd, qualified the previous message of "rumours", whereas the numbers and the signatures are quasi authentic;

That the Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, in an attempt to save a hypothetical administrative cohesion, has, in a message, declared that "the Administration of the Region does not recognize the said communiqué which is, hereby, declared false, null and void " ;

That to date, about 300 people have already entered the refugee camps in Nigeria and safer neighbourhoods since the SDO communique;

That this untimely and inadmissible message of the SDO comes within the framework of the logic of repression of the Government with, in memory, the declarations of the Governor of the Southwest Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai: "If the dogs continue to go into the street to bite, they will meet the security
forces" and those of the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, on behalf of the Government, "What these Anglophones do is much worse than what Boko Haram does,";

That the firmness of Paul Biya in the face of the seriousness of the situation demonstrates, enough, that despite the criticisms of the international community and a part of his public opinion, the Government of Cameroon considers only the option of political repression to curb the wave of protest that has won the
Anglophone part of the country;

That this radicalization of positions is premonitory of the amount of blood that is still going to flow in this part of the territory;

That, it is common ground that this alarming escalation is linked to the continued detention of some of those arrested, insufficient solutions to the sectoral demands of lawyers' and teachers' unions, unjustified persistence of repression, militarization of the regions concerned and the non-resumption of the dialogue;
That these claims are legitimate and in conformity with the International Law of which Cameroon freely subscribes;

That this incomprehensible refusal of dialogue has led to an increase in radical messages, the persistence of ghost towns, the multiplication of acts of violence, attacks on secondary schools and the general increase in insecurity;

That the President of the Republic remains unfortunately the first responsible for the policy of the decay of this crisis, alongside with his collaborators who continue to claim that the solution to this crisis lies in arrogance, condescension or extremism to mask a notorious incompetence and the failure of the Yaoundé regime.

In view of all the above, Mandela Center:
1. Condemns, with very strong terms, all acts of violence and intimidation wherever they come from;

2. Strongly calls the immediate and unconditional resignation of the SDO for Manyu, OUM II Joseph, for serious breach of ethics and professional obligations, as well as the release of all hostages held captive in the various detention centers in the country and the end of political repression;

3. Reiterates, once again, to the Cameroonian authorities that, in a political crisis with essentially political measures, appeasement is REQUIRED through an inclusive, frank and sincere national dialogue on the form of the state in order to find a definitive and lasting solution to the crisis as recommended by the Secretary General of the United Nations United in a press release on last August 31;

5. Clearly indicates to the armed forces (FMO) that their individual responsibility is directly engaged in the violent repressions so far recorded as " An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture" or the disproportionate use of force, in accordance with article 2 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 10 December 1984 in New York, ratified by Cameroon by Decree No. 2010/347 of 19 November 2010;

6. Launches, with insistence, a vibrant and pathetic appeal to the brave Cameroonian people, for a broad mobilization to reject violence wherever it comes and to always favour dialogue in the search for solutions for a lasting peace;

7. Finally, urges the opinion that Mandela Center is continuing its work of documenting and archiving all cases of serious human rights violations so that the perpetrators respond in a timely manner.

For further information, please contact us at the following addresses:
Tél. : (00237) 679 79 81 80 / 678 912 205 / 699 25 87 77

Done at Yaoundé, on 03 December 2017

The Permanent Executive Secretary of the CAJ

Jean-Claude Fogno

Senior Journalist

Mandela Center


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