UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the Cameroonian authorities to investigate the violence in the country’s English-speaking north-western and south-western regions.This was after 17 people were reportedly killed according to Amnesty International, and six according to the Cameroonian government figures. His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that Guterres “remains deeply concerned about the situation in Cameroon”, and has invited the authorities to “shed light on the incidents”. Guterres also urged the political leaders of the two sides to call on their supporters to refrain from any new acts of violence and to work for the peace, stability and the unity of the country, according to the statement. Guterres reiterated the UN’s support for these efforts through the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). It would be recalled that activists of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) have called for secession from the rest of the country, decrying what they described as “colonization” by Francophones, who represent 80% of the 24 million Cameroonians.
October 04, 2017 15:19 UTC
In response to recent strikes and rallies, Cameroon’s government has banned public gatherings, suspended transportation and shut businesses in the English-speaking regions. During gatherings over the weekend on the 56th anniversary of the incorporation of Anglophone regions into Cameroon, 17 people were shot dead by security forces, according to Amnesty International. Under government restrictions, no one can enter or leave the northwest and southwest regions of the country. However on Sunday, tens of thousands of people across the two English-speaking zones defied the restrictions and came out to rally for independence. English-speaking Cameroonians make up one-fifth of Cameroon’s population of 22 million.
October 04, 2017 14:03 UTC
Nathalie O’Neil, now heads the Canadian diplomatic mission in Cameroon. She was acknowledged by the Cameroonian authorities recently, after presenting copies of her letter of credence to Adoum Gargoum, Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in Charge of Relations with the Islamic World. O’Neil who had since 2015 been Director of Development Programming and Head of Aid at the Embassy of Canada in Senegal, has expressed her readiness to cooperate with Cameroonian authorities for more bilateral relations between both countries. The 56-year old diplomat has a Master’s Degree of Political Science in International Relations and has since 2000 occupied strategic positions for the Canadian government both home and abroad. She takes over Rene Cremonese who is now the Ambassador designate of Canada to Zimbabwe and Angola and also High Commissioner Designate to Botswana.
October 04, 2017 09:56 UTC
Nonstop unrest in Cameroon’s English speaking regions has pushed the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde to extend it’s travel ban alert to those areas. According to the US Embassy, the reason for the extension was due to the violent and deadly protests of October 1, 2017. The new security alert released on October 2, reads: “U.S. citizens are advised that the U.S. Embassy has extended its deferral of all non-essential travel for U.S. Embassy personnel to the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon through October 23, 2017. “This extension is due to violent protests which caused several fatalities in the regions on October 1 and the potential for further unrest.
October 03, 2017 10:07 UTC