Congress of the The United States
Washington, DC 20515
October 17. 2017
The Honorable Nikki Haley
United States Representative to United Nations
United States Permanent Mission io the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York. New York 10017
Dear Ambassador Haley.
On behalf of the Camcroon American Council (CAC) and the Cameroon diaspora of New York, we are troubled with the deteriorating conditions for the English-Speaking (Anglophones) minority in the Northwest and South-west regions of Cameroon.
The concerns of the CAC arc serious: mass arrests. black out of Internet services for 94 days in the Western region of Anglophone-only communities, using live ammunition to disperse protests, and diminishing freedoms of the press. These beliefs arc strengthened by the U.S. State Department's 2016 Human Rights Report on Cameroon, which makes clear that the government of Cameroon has taken actions to undermine the equality of all citizens before the law.
In addition to the concerns arising in the Western, Anglophone region, Cameroon faces humanitarian crises in other regions. In the North, Cameroon is combating famine and Boko Haram, and in the east. there is a flow of refugees fleeing the Central African Republic. The confluence of these events poses unique threats to the stability of Cameroon and to United States interests in Cameroon.
We respectfully request that the US Mission to the United Nations hold a briefing for the Cameroon Diaspora and their allies in the coming weeks. We believe a briefing will enable this very active community to better understand the situation from the perspective of the United Nation's Security Council, and will help the community communicate better with their family members, business partners and friends back in Cameroon.
Daniel M. Donovan. Jr.
Member of Congress Member of Congress
- Fourth edition of the forum will take place on November 1st-2nd in Dubai’s
- Organised by Dubai Chamber, the forum is set to attract over 1000 high profile delegates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2017, (AETOS Wire): The 4th Global Business Forum on Africa is set to welcome five African heads of state, 12 ministers, and more than 1,000 top-level government and corporate decision-makers and industry experts when the event takes place on November 1st and 2nd, 2017, in Dubai.
The forum, organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be held under the theme “Next Generation Africa.” The two-day event will examine the current economic outlook for the continent, and explore prospects for its development, as well as investment opportunities and the potential for forging partnerships between African businesses and their UAE counterparts.
The event will bring together high-profile attendees such as H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; H.E. Danny Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles; H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius; and H.E. Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia; along with a long list of ministers, senior government officials, young African entrepreneurs, economic and industry experts.
H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of the Dubai Chamber, noted that the timing of the forum is ideal as Africa is currently witnessing a sizeable uptick in private-sector led development and investment opportunities.
“This year’s Global Business Forum on Africa is drawing an unprecedented top-tier attendance, including distinguished African heads of state and ministers, to discuss a variety of key trends that are expected to drive Africa’s next phase of economic growth, as well as challenges and opportunities that fast-growing markets on the continent are experiencing,” H.E. Buamim said.
The two-day event welcomes a host of ministers from various African countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.
Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.
*Source: AETOS Wire
Ruba Abdel Halim
The Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province has announced the creation of a fund to support those affected by the violence during demonstrations in the Anglophone regions of the country.
The announcement was made by the Auxiliary Archbishop of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province, Michael Miabesue Bibi on Saturday October 14, 2017 during a mass to pray for those who have lost their lives during the Anglophone crisis.
The Auxiliary Bishop asked Christians to pray for all those who shot others to death and those who ordered for their shooting. Without stating clearly the angle of this prayer request, the prelate emphasized that, “Only God gives life and only God should take lives”.
The church which is the moral pillar in every society has continually played her role since the start of the Anglophone crisis as a mediator and the broker of peace for all, by looking at the evolution of Cameroon history objectively and making pertinent suggestions to government on the way forward.
It is based on this fall out that the Archbishop of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Eshua chose Saturday October 14, 2017 for all churches under his command to pray for the repose of scores of people who lost their lives during recent demonstrations in the NW and SW regions and to pray for the country as a whole.
In a solemn homily at the Bamenda Metropolitan Cathedral where hundreds of Christians answered present, officiated by the Auxiliary Archbishop, Michael Miabesue Bibi, the church unanimously prayed for the peaceful repose of the lives of those who died since October 2016 in connection with the Anglophone crisis. Prayed as well for those who have been arrested and tortured, both known and unknown and for the families of all those affected.
During his homily, the Auxiliary Archbishop called on Christians to pray for this nation like never before at a time when uncertainty is the next certainty in the Northwest and Southwest regions.
He cautioned all, Christians like non-Christians to keep away from trouble, calling on them not to provoke the military or give room for the military to provoke them while warning that “life is sacred”.
The man of God did not fail to re-echo the stance of the church with regards to the Anglophone crisis. He condemned strongly the abduction of Anglophones to unknown destinations and called on government to put an immediate stop to the arrests.
He equally urged government to push fast for a genuine and inclusive dialogue so as to find lasting solutions to issues affecting national peace.
Finally, the prelate appealed with the population to continue offering masses to pray for the lives of those who were killed during the Anglophone crisis.
While visiting St. Martin de Porres Catholic Mission Hospital, Njinikom in the North West Region. We were motivated by the dedication of the doctors, nurses and Reverend Sisters.
We were immediately touched by the case of Muhmara Njong, a 24 year old young man from Ndop, who was not protesting. He was attending a family funeral before they got surrounded by the army, soldiers caught them and brutalized them. He tried running away but he was shot in the leg, the soldiers got into their vehicle and drove on his bleeding foot.
He narrates his ordeal while shedding tears. The nurses explained to us, his surgery lasted several hours with the doctors borrowing veins from his left leg just to save his right leg.
We must continue to unite and show strength and solidarity even in the face of pain and weakness, because together we are stronger and all our wounded brothers and sisters will return stronger!
— Agbor Nkongho
The Southern Cameroons Governing Council officially informs the ICC on genocide actions committed in Southern Cameroons by La Republique forces and its sponsors
THE GOVERNING COUNCIL
International Criminal Court
The Hague, the Netherlands
You r Lordship
SUBJECT: Application for Investigation against Identified Government officials of La
République Du Cameroun Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
committed on the people of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia)
This Application is made in accordance With Article 158(1) of the Rome Statute of the
International Criminal Court. which mandates the Prosecutor to initiate investigations priori motu on the basis of information on crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court
The undersigned. whose address appears above, have the honour to request you to undertake any appropriate method of investigation in connection with the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity committed on the people of Southern Cameroons/Ambatonia (North West and South West Regions of Cameroon as people are made to belief in violation of Articles 6 and 7 of the Rome Statute, consequent upon Government's intransigence in carrying out such investigation as requested by the UN Secretary General following the killings and atrocities of
the first of October 2017.
The following personalities/government officials are in their individual capacities. directly
responsible for the killings, torture and maiming, rape, abduction and forcible transfer of
abductees and disappearances Since October 2016:
1) Mr Paul President of La République du
2) Mr Rene Sadi, M of Territorial Administration and
3) ESSO, Minister of Justice
4) Mr Jacques Fame Ndongo. Minister of Higher Education
5) Mr Issa Tchiroma Bakary. Minister of Information and Government Spokesman
6) Mr Joseph Beti Minister Delegate at the presidency in charge of Defence
7) Mr Martin Belinga Eboutou, Director of Civil Cabinet at the presidency
8) Mr Rene Claude Meka. Head of the Army
9) Mr Jean Baptist Bokam, Head of National Gendarmerie
10) Mr Adophe l' Afrique, Governor of the North West province
11) Bernard Okalia Bilal. Governor of the South West province
The background to the current crisis that has met with excessive armed repression. which ii
and urgent Motion is not taken may escalate the on-going Crimes against humanity. stems deprivation of the right to Which has led to the Violation of a range of Other universally recognised human rights, particularly the right to life and security of the human person. The facts are brief.
Following legitimate anti government protests and Civil disobedience initiated by common law lawyers and teachers' trade unions Since October 2016, the government's excessively lethal response has left hundreds of the people of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia dead. and others wounded while the entire Southern Cameroons/Ambazonian population remains
subjected to repression with recorded instances of cruel and inhumane treatment, rape.
abductions, extra-judicial killings and disappearances.
In the last couple of weeks since the 22" of September 2017, demonstrations culminating in the commemoration of the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia independence on the 1st October 2017, the above named persons orchestrated the Shooting
of civilian (With peace plants in their hands) in the Streets of major Cities
and towns Within the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia (Or legitimately asserting the right to self-determination, to exist as a separate state. Over 5O people. including children are
confirmed dead while Some are hospitalised for Sustaining gun Shots and hundred Others
May We be permitted to draw the attention to the fallowing provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal that have been Continuously and systematically violated in the
Course of the 56 years Since 1961 which has in precipitating the present
revolt by the people of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia.
Article 6: Genocide
a) Killing members of the people of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia
b) Causing serious body or mental harm (torture, maiming aand incarceration in lifeless
bunkers) to the people of the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia:
c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its
physical in whole or in (cultural genocide perpetrated through the
imposition of the French language in schools and courts);
d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group(vaccination of school
in the 1990s);
Article 7:; Crimes against Humanity
a) Murder (on-going killings since December 2016 when 8 young protesters were shot to
on the streets of Bamenda to the recent killings on 1st of October 2017);
b) Extermination (the government's policy of assimilation into the dominant francophone
system is intended to exterminate the minority Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia population).
C) Enslavement (56 of treatment as second class citizens with an extensive record of
discriminatory practices against the people of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia);
d) Deportation or forcible transfer of population (abductions and arbitrary transfer of the
abductees to prisons detention facilities in Yaoundé and Cities in La
République du Cameroun):
e) Imprisonment or Other severe deprivation of physical liberty in Violation of
fundamental rules of international law (many of the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonian
leaders and activists are Still currently detained arbitrarily in bunkers and
concentration camps in Yaoundé);
f) Torture (many recorded instances of torture and degrading treatment, including
against women and Children of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonian decent):
g) Rape (rape of Students of the University of Buea among Other instances are on
h) persecution (hate speech propagated with impunity by people of La Republic du
On public media and arbitrary arrest and detention of people of the
Cameroons/Ambazonia with no apparent offence except the fact that they
are from that part of the country;
i) Enforced disappearance of persons (many families have since 2016 reported
the disappearance of their family members whose whereabouts remain unknown to this
j) The crime of apartheid (apartheid style discriminatory treatment perpetrated by the
government against the people of the Southern Camecoons Ambazonia. For example,
internet access was shutdown in the whole of the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia
territory for 93 days 17 January to 20 April 2017 While the rest of the Freach speaking part of the country enjoyed unperturbed access to internet. Currently also,
internet is suspended in the whole of the Southern Cameroons/Ambatonia since 1st
of October 2017 While the rest of the country remains connected to internet);
k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or
serious injury to body or to the mental or physical health.
Attached to this application are Video footages, newspaper photos, audio recordings
and press statements issued by human rights relating to atrocities committed on
the people of the Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia.
Carol Chi Ngang
Dialogue, Dialogue, Dialogue, the only glorified option that is capable of healing gaping wounds in any given conflict or crisis, now seems to have become illusive on the agenda for a lasting solution to what has in the past several decades been referred to as the Anglophone problem.
And if we are resounding the word ‘dialogue’’ it is to emphasize its importance in all crisis resolutions. Which is why, we strongly believe that, the current crisis engulfing the country should not be an exception. Whichever way we look at it, dialogue still remains the only way out. Let us purposefully and earnestly pursue its course.
Fortunately, this perception seems to have become a ubiquitous concern including even to the international community. Most encouraging is that even the head of state has openly declared that the current situation calls for frank dialogue.
Ironically however, time has since been running so fast that the absence of any initiative towards such a dialogue is known to have provoked extremist mind-sets. If we can remind ourselves, We shall discover that it is on record that a Dr. Simon Munzu, who has played a major role in finding a solution to the Anglophone problem as far back as the early nineties, one of the conveners of the All Anglophone Conferences, recently took the initiative of organizing an Anglophone dialogue forum which invited Anglophone Parliamentarians, Senators, Traditional Rulers Elite of the two English speaking regions, to use their positions to persuade the head of state to honour his widely acclaimed declaration on the dialogue issue for him to set up the modalities for a forum for dialogue.
The response by two female members of the National Assembly of the CPDM party was not only discouraging and devastating for an initiative that was considered by many as one step forward, but also fell short of what should be expected from representatives of a people purported to have elected them to speak for them. Their argument was that they rely more on the head of sate’s piecemeal approach, based only on the Teachers’ and Common Law Lawyers’ strike actions.
This was however in total disregard for the root cause of the Anglophone problem. Obviously we have reached a point where we cannot turn away from the course towards a meaningful and frank dialogue, only to adopt mere rhetoric as a way forward.
The truth is that the stage at which the situation has reached today, is certainly not a pleasant one. We think we have allowed time to overtake us on our way. It all started with the call for a return to federalism.
It was encountered by a rebuff that the form of state is non-negotiable. At the time there was ample opportunity for the 1996 constitutional provision of Ten Autonomous regions, backed by an honest decentralisation mechanism, we must certainly have gone far away from what has now given birth to the fragile and extremist thinking in the crisis.
In spite of this however, we cannot allow this to dry away our hope for the option of a meaningful and frank dialogue. After all only recently the Speaker of the National Assembly added his voice to the call for dialogue. Out of the country, The United Nations Secretary General, has also called for government to handle the situation with caution and to adopt a dialogue process that will look into the root cause of the Anglophone problem.
Therefore, if at every turn of the road, the general call is for a frank dialogue that goes right down to the root of the Anglophone problem, so be it. To attempt to ignore such a candid wish is a monumental error. But then, the major question is who has the responsibility to initiate this demanding dialogue. We think there is no one else than the head of state himself.
This being so, we also want to believe that time is running out on us. We urge the head of state to break his silence and give his much needed assurance that the concern shown by everyone in relation to the situation in the country reflects the current global focus on peace as expressed by the world leaders at the just ended U.N. General Assembly, where the head of state fully participated.
Obviously global peace takes its roots from the small unit that is every member-nation of a wider world community. Cameroon forms one of such units. We are known for managing crisis situations. Why not our own crisis right there before our very eyes? Certainly the world will hold us to blame that they admonished us, but we remained adamant and responded only to our little wisdom.