The 32 Ordinary session of the African Union holds from the 10-11 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”. Cameroon will be represented at the summit by the Prime Minister, Head of Government Joseph Dion Ngute who will be attending the summit for the first time. Though the Heads of States and Governments will be discussing the refugeen situation on the continent, supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement party will by eager to see if the AU discusses a suit filed by their leader against Cameroon last year. Maurice Kamto revealed in January that he had sued the government of African at the African Union over its failure to solve the Anglophone crisis and agaisnt what he termed “electoral fraud”. It is now left to be seen if the AU will discuss on the suit given that the body has been weak in discussing the crisis in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
February 08, 2019 13:54 UTC
Washington has announced it is scaling back its military aid to Cameroon, over allegations of human rights abuses by government troops, diplomatic sources in Yaoundé told APA on Thursday.The announcement, already made by leading American media, was confirmed, under condition of anonymity to APA, by a US diplomatic representative in Cameroon, estimating the compromised military support stood at some CFA97 billion. This suspension, which will be further slashed if the situation so requires, concerns in particular security assistance, observation through radars, patrol boats and aircraft, armoured vehicles, peacekeeping, counter-terrorism and training programmes. At the same time, the State Department continues to urge the Cameroonian government to take seriously all allegations of gross human rights violations by the army, particularly in the English-speaking regions of the North-West and South-West, where a secessionist conflict has been raging since October 2016, but also in the Far North, where the defence and security forces are engaged in the fight against Boko Haram militants. Yaoundé is also urged to investigate these allegations in depth, to identify those responsible for possible human rights violations and to disclose the results of the investigations to the public. Last May, US ambassador to Cameroon Peter Henry Barlerin called on the army to “treat captured enemies with humanity, provide for the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons, and develop mechanisms to welcome Boko Haram’s defectors and reintegrate them into society.”At the same time, the diplomat accused the English-speaking separatists of murdering soldiers, kidnapping government officials and setting schools on fire.
February 07, 2019 19:07 UTC
Amnesty International has called on the United States to put pressure on other organisations to withdraw aids from Cameroon on grounds of rights violation. On Thursday, CNN reported that the Trump administration will be cutting $17 million in security aid from Cameroon on grounds of alleged human rights violation. “Cameroonian security forces have indiscriminately killed, arrested, and tortured people, firing on crowds, displacing thousands of civilians and destroying entire villages with impunity,”Adotei Akwei, deputy director for advocacy and government relations for Amnesty International USA said. “The United States must continue to show that it takes human rights violations committed with its aid seriously, through the suspension of all security assistance until the Cameroonian government can show it has not been utilized to commit serious violations of international law and persons responsible have been held accountable. The Trump administration should press other donors of security assistance to review their programs and insist on accountability and reform within the Cameroonian security forces”.
February 07, 2019 08:37 UTC
The European Union has cautioned Cameroonians to avoid violence as they go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new President. In a statement issued by by Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security at the European Union, the EU called for a peaceful and credible election on Sunday. “The organisation of elections, in a peaceful, credible, inclusive and transparent manner, must gather the largest number of voters… Any attempt to disrupt the voting by acts of violence against persons or property must be avoided,” the EU said said. The European Union also stressed that those residing in the North West and South West Region must be able to vote despite the instability which has forced many persons to flee their homes. The European Union also said its supports any initiative aimed at a constructive and inclusive dialogue that will seek a lasting solution to the Anglophone crisis.
October 03, 2018 16:37 UTC
The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, rejected any idea of withdrawing the hosting of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AfCON) from Cameroon, saying CAF had “never thought of” such a move.Speaking to the press in Yaoundé on Tuesday, after a one-hour meeting with President Paul Biya, he said that it is Cameroonians themselves who are spreading this rumour and thus smearing the image of their country. According to Ahmad, President Paul Biya has given him “the assurance that Cameroon will be ready” for the tournament. This clarification puts an end to the questions raised by the continental body, which five days ago had questions about Cameroon’s ability to meet the deadlines in its specifications. CAF in a statement in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) announced: “The final decision will be taken at the end of November after the last inspection visit of the audit firm Roland Berger and CAF. For the past year, Ahmad has been blowing hot and cold in relation to the AFCON “Cameroon 2019,” saying he is not “sure that Cameroon is ready to organize” the competition; and at another time that “many things are still missing, and there is very little time left.”On another occasion, he argued that “CAF does not have a plan B” to compensate for the country’s inability to host the biggest sports festival on the continent.
October 03, 2018 12:00 UTC
The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad arrived Tuesday in Cameroon as part of an official visit in preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AfCON), APA can report.Accompanied by CAF vice-president Omari Selemani and the former captain of the “Indomitable Lions” Samuel Eto’o, Ahmad will hold talks with the Cameroonian authorities before meeting President Paul Biya at the Unity Palace. According to official and CAF sources, the CAF delegation’s agenda includes assessing preparations for the 2019 CAN, in a context marked by “delays” in the construction of infrastructure, and follows a third mission of CAF experts, who visited Cameroon in August. The arrival of the CAF president in Cameroon is “a good sign” for the country, according to local sports pundits, especially as recently CAF published the list of stadiums to host matches for the competition. The 32nd edition of the AfCON will be played between June 13 and July 15, 2019 in Cameroon with a major innovation – 24 teams in the final phase against 16 previously.
October 02, 2018 12:11 UTC
President Paul Biya of Cameroon says the Boko haram insurgency has been defeated in the country. The President made the claim over the weekend in Far North, Maroua, a region which has been the target of suicide bombings and other attacks by the extremist group. Biya said the country had “overcome the worst” of the conflict against anglophone separatists, as well as the bloody insurgency being waged in the far north by Nigeria-based jihadist group, Boko Haram. Biya delivered his first stump speech of the campaign to thousands of supporters under a baking sun at Maroua’s stadium flanked by dozens of ministers. It should be recalled that this is the President first visit to Maroua since 2012.
October 01, 2018 10:18 UTC
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat has authorized the deployment of a 12-member long-term election observation mission to the presidential elections scheduled to take place on 7 October 2018 in the Republic of Cameroon. According to an AU press release, the four (4) core team of analysts and eight (8) long-term observers (LTOs) arrived in Yaoundé, Cameroon on September 5, 2018 and will remain in the country until 19 October 2018 to comprehensively assess the electoral process in line with the African Union Long Term Election Observation Methodology. The release states that the Long Term Observation Mission will be joined by a Short Term Observation Mission close to the 7 October polls, from 28 September 2018 to 10 October 2018. The overall objective of African Union Election Observation Missions is to promote democracy and build public confidence in electoral processes in AU Member States. The conduct of credible, democratic and peaceful elections in Member States is deemed critical to the realization of the AU’s aspirations and its overall goal of ensuring an integrated, peaceful and prosperous continent.
September 10, 2018 10:32 UTC
A coach driver was killed and several other people were injured in an attack on a passenger bus convoy in strife-torn northwestern Cameroon, a public broadcaster said late Sunday. The attack launched by armed men on Saturday night is the latest violence in the restive region, where English-speaking separatists have declared an independent state. Images shared on social media of the incident appeared to show five coaches with their front windows and roofs smashed in by construction equipment. Separatist unrest in Cameroon’s two minority English-speaking regions — North-West and South-West — has left scores dead and displaced about 200,000 people since late 2016. A total of 109 members of the police and security forces have been killed, according to government figures.
September 10, 2018 02:03 UTC
LIRE AUSSI: Ambazonie: encore un village incendié par l’armée dans le Nord-ouestCi-dessous, la liste complète des personnes tuées depuis le début de la crise1) Akum Julius – died on 8 Dec 2016 in Bamenda. 29) Fru Akuma - died on 29 May 2018, died on exile in Nigeria. 36) Tabe Elvis - died on October 2017, shot in Fako37) Endo Cyprian - died on October 2017, shot in Fako. 53) General Enindem - 12 May 2018 at .....54) Eboka ....... - 7 May 2018, shot on motorbike and abandoned the roadside at Ikata, Muyuka area. 70) Chiabah Terence (Fally) - 25 June 2018, shot to dead in Belo, Kom (brother to Sam Soya).
August 30, 2018 00:10 UTC
Published on 07.08.2018 at 10h50 by Journal du CamerounFive security officers were over the weekend killed in fresh violence in West Cameroon, where English-speaking separatists have declared an independent state, security sources and witnesses said on Monday. Four gendarmes were killed in Esu, a village near the town of Wum in Northwest Region, when their unit came under attack on Sunday, a source close to the regional security services said. “Many people were so afraid that they went off into the bush — others are trying to get to Bamenda,” the capital of Northwest Region, the source said. Scores of police and troops have been killed, as well as more than 100 civilians, according to a government report in July. The following year, the British-ruled Southern Cameroons were amalgamated into it, giving rise to the Northwest and Southwest regions.
August 07, 2018 09:45 UTC
Forest campaigner Greenpeace Africa has expressed shock at the the activities of Dutch firm Wijma and her subsidiary COFECO in Cameroon. “Ironically, Wijma told Dutch media last month it does not see any problem with logging timber in a conflict zone. For Wijma to stop timber logging and processing only after being pushed out by the intensity of the ongoing conflict is nothing but excessive corporate greed! “Greenpeace Africa thinks Wijma cannot continue to brand itself as an FSC certified supplier for stock timber and from any other source. Rather than hastening to expand production in the South of Cameroon, the company should take time for sober reflections and re-evaluate its indirect role in the ongoing conflict in Cameroon”
August 06, 2018 11:37 UTC
Published on 06.08.2018 at 12h54 by AFPFive police have been killed in fresh violence in western Cameroon, where English-speaking separatists have declared an independent state, security sources and witnesses said on Monday. “Many people were so afraid that they went off into the bush — others are trying to get to Bamenda,” the capital of Northwest Region, the source said. As the situation polarised, anglophone militants last October 1 made a symbolic declaration of independence that met with a government crackdown. Scores of police and troops have been killed, as well as more than 100 civilians, according to a government report in July. The following year, the British-ruled Southern Cameroons were amalgamated into it, giving rise to the Northwest and Southwest regions.
August 06, 2018 10:52 UTC
The Ambassador of the United States of America Peter Henry Balerin has returned to Cameroon after spending over two weeks in his home country. The Ambassodor left Cameroon on May 22 after he was “called to order” by the Minister of External Relations Lejeune Mbella Mbella for comments made to the public after meeting with the Head of State Paul Biya. His departure led to speculation on a possible diplomatic fracas between both countries but it was later revealed Ambassador Peter Henry Balerin had taken his annual leave and would only return to Cameroon on June 8. This did not go down well with the Government of Cameroon who called the Ambassador to “order” through the Minister of External Relations. A section of the media as well as political actors did not take the Ambassador’s statement kindly with Banda Kani of the Manidem party swearing live on TV against Peter Henty Balerin.
June 11, 2018 11:37 UTC