US Issues Press Release Condemning Ongoing Brutalities Of English-Speaking Cameroonians

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Following the ongoing brutalities in Cameroon, the United State of America has issued a press statement, condemning the acts perpetuated by security officials with impunity.

Earlier, published a video – showing some of the ongoing brutalities.

Cameroon Prime Minister Philemon Yang.

Below is the full press release from the USA to the Cameroonian government:

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.

John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs

Washington, DC

November 28, 2016 is still following up on this story and shall publish some of the videos we have in our possession. Keep reading us for more updates on this story.