Sunday, 25 December 2016

United States Asks Biya’s Regime to Respect Constitution, Stop Torture

John Kirby, U.S Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs has issued a statement of disapproval on how the Paul Biya regime in Cameroon is brutally suppressing dissent from protesting Cameroonians in the two English speaking regions of Bamenda and Buea. 

The statement, issued yesterday Nov. 28, reminds Cameroon authorities that the country’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. It questions, however, why citizens are being arrested and molested for exercising same freedoms. The full text of the statement bellow:

“The United States is deeply concerned by the loss of life, injuries and damage as a result of protests that turned violent in Bamenda and Buea, the respective capitals of Cameroon’s Northwestern and Southwestern regions. We call on all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from further violence, and engage in dialogue for a peaceful resolution to the current protests.

The United States urges the Government of Cameroon to protect and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, ensure that all voices are heard and respected, and preserve the guarantees enshrined in its constitution and international obligations. Apart from the events in Bamenda and Buea, we are also concerned over recent Cameroonian government actions to restrict free expression and peaceful assembly, including ten-year prison sentences for men who exchanged texts referencing Boko Haram and the arrest of 54 members of the opposition Cameroon People’s Party while they were peacefully conducting a party meeting.

The constitution of Cameroon guarantees freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and we believe that non-threatening rhetoric and activities – especially private conversations and gatherings – warrant neither prosecution nor government censure.” Cameroon Journal
United States Asks Biya’s Regime to Respect Constitution, Stop Torture

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