Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How Many People Died In Cameroon - Controversy Over The Real Death Toll Of The October 1, 2017 Demonstrations

While non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Amnesty International speak of at least 17 deaths, the government evokes 11 deaths and calls for dialogue under conditions.

In the aftermath of the October 1, 2017 violence in the two English-speaking areas of the country, it is difficult to know the actual death toll of the demonstrations. The figures put forward by NGOs and the government diverge. While Amnesty International speaks of at least 17 deaths, other NGOs such as the Network for the Defense of Human Rights in Central Africa (REDHAC) goes further, citing 22 deaths.

The leader of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), a major opposition party, Ni John Fru Ndi, yesterday reported more than 30 deaths in the region’s only Northwest. In the same region, his governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique Tchoffo yesterday reported the death toll of 6 deaths in addition to the 5 of the escape from Kumbo prison occurred on the night of Friday to Saturday.
How Many People Died In Cameroon - Controversy Over The Real Death Toll Of The October 1, 2017 Demonstrations
In the neighboring South-West region, the results would be according to agreed sources, 7 deaths and dozens of wounded. Figures confirmed by testimonies gathered by the media and photos of victims who make the rounds of social networks. Although some official sources confirm these figures, the government spokesman contests them. At a press conference last night, Issa Tchiroma Bakary revealed that the separatist demands of the secessionists have caused a dozen deaths. As to confirm the figure of 11 dead advanced by official sources shortly before in the middle of the day. The Minister of Communication also calls for dialogue on condition that the secessionists dismiss the partition of the state.
In any case, the politicians and NGOs have already gone to the niche to demand that light be made on these abuses. “Paul Biya must be brought before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity,” said Ni John Fru Ndi, leader of the SDF to our colleagues Le Monde. The United Nations (UN) is no exception. In a statement issued on 3 October 2017, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, through his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, “invited the Cameroonian authorities to investigate the incidents” which took place on 1 October in the northwest and south-west regions. Antonio Guterres, said he “remains deeply concerned about the situation in Cameroon and strongly condemns acts of violence including loss of life“. How Many People Died In Cameroon - Controversy Over The Real Death Toll Of The October 1, 2017 Demonstrations
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