Anglophone crisis: UN Top Official calls on immediate investigation into crimes in Anglophone Cameroon
The UN special adviser on prevention of genocide has called for immediate investigations into a wave of killings in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.
Adama Dieng described the atrocities being committed in the country as “concerning” and said both sides of the conflict should “sit around the table and dialogue to end the conflict”.
“The crimes committed by both parties need to be properly and independently investigated and perpetrators of those crimes need to be brought urgently to justice so that people know that no-one is above the law – that all Cameroonians are equal,” he said.
Groups calling for independence of the region they call Ambazonia have been staging attacks against government forces, which have responded with what has been condemned as a brutal crackdown.
“My worry is that we still have many people being killed, so far more than 400 people. We have seen atrocious crimes being committed. We need to have political dialogue but also demand for justice,” he told me.
Cameroon is to hold presidential elections on 7 October. “It is true that one could not exclude some form of violence [around the polls] but for the time being things seem to be under control,” Mr Dieng said.
Mr Dieng said there’s need for dialogue to resolve the Cameroon civil crisis
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Analytically, judging from the UN top official’s statements he implies that perpetrators of crimes in the North West and south West regions herein refereeing to the Ambazonia fighters who are out to “defend their land and their people” and on the other hand government forces who are out to guarantee national security should be brought urgently to justice.
Furthermore the UN rank official calls the ongoing situation in Anglophone Cameroon as Cameroon civil crisis. What does this mean? it means that the UN still regard the Anglophone crisis as a human right crisis.
This by implication does not warrant the UN to forcefully intervene as it will be seen as violating a member state’s sovereignty. So when then will the UN deem it necessary to intervene? Read that here
It should be noted that separatist leaders have on several accounts call on the International Criminal Court to hold president Paul Biya for crimes of Genocides in the southern Cameroons whereas the Cameroon government have issued international warrants of arrests for separatist leaders in the diaspora.
On September 22 this year the president of the ICC Charles Taku condemned the ongoing atrocities in southern Cameroons terming the atrocities with emphasis as genocide
It is Genocide…more than 130 towns in the southern Cameroons destroyed…civilian killed; it is unprecedented. I mean it’s a genocide going on in southern Cameroons and the Gulf of Guinea, we are very very embarrassed that the United Nations have not acted forcefully. Charles Taku