United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who is on a working visit to Cameroon, today met with opposition leaders and other civil society actors. Kah Walla speaking was very critical of the regime in place.
237actu.com offers the communication of Kah Walla, Leader of the CPP
Madam High Commissioner, We want to welcome you in our beautiful country Cameroon. This extraordinary country is disintegrating under the eyes of the world because of a governance characterized by:
• The refusal to implement even the most fundamental of democratic processes.
• The continuous and systematic violation of human rights.
• The impossibility of providing basic services that are the fundamental rights of the population Madam High Commissioner, you know all too well the facts and figures.
• 7 out of 10 regions in Cameroon are now affected by conflict.
• More than 700,000 Cameroonians are internally displaced o 170,000 in the far north o approximately 5,000 people in Adamaoua o 530,000 in the north West and Southwest.
• More than 2,000 people were killed in the Boko Haram conflict and more than 1850 in the English-speaking countries Crisis • At least 50,000 refugees have fled the country.
• The education of about 2,500,000 children has been disrupted for three years ago.
• More than 1,000 people are currently illegally and arbitrarily arrested because of the Boko Haram conflict and the Anglophone crisis.
These crises worsened in late 2018 with a simulated election that allowed President Paul Biya at the age of 85 and after 36 years of reign, to start a 7-year term again.
All observers considered the election flawed with numerous irregularities and fraud. Maurice Kamto, president of the party and candidate for the CRM in this presidential election contested the official results and declared himself a winner.
He and members of his party organized non-violent demonstrations in this regard.They were illegally arrested and more than 100 of them have been in detention for more than three months today. We could go on and on.
Cameroon is undoubtedly in an acute national crisis without viable means outside. The Government of Cameroon is fully responsible for these crises and the disaster management, which has led to new human rights violations and worsening conflict. Today, Cameroonians do not trust:
• Their army – which has committed serious human rights abuses, including burning villages, extrajudicial killings, brutality, rape and more. The people who were supposed to protect us as citizens were charged with raping us.
• Their justice – which has arrested thousands of people without following legal procedures.
Civilians are tried by military courts and sentences are not based on proven guilt.The institutions that were supposed to provide justice now dispense a large-scale injustice.
• Their electoral system – which is rigged and fraudulent. Voters can not be convinced that their voice counts. They have too much evidence to the contrary.
• Their presidency – silent, oppressive and unable to provide basic services such as drinking water, electricity, education and health.
The only concern of the president, seems to be, stay in power. Madam High Commissioner.
The tensions in Cameroon today are social, political and economic. These tensions are so powerful that general chaos and / or widespread war is now a high probability. Neither we, as Cameroonians, nor you as a world can hide behind the excuse “we have not seen it coming”. We have seen it coming. We know exactly what will happen if these crises do not find a solution in the future.weeks. So what can we and you as Cameroonians do as an international community? In the immediate future, it is essential that the international community:
• Demand a neutral information commission comprising members of international bodies, that Cameroonian civil society actors be able to visit the North-West and South Regions of the country. West and establish some irrefutable facts.
• firmly and unequivocally condemn violations of human rights and democratic principles;
• Call for the immediate and unconditional release of all those illegally arrested and sentenced in the context of the Boko Haram conflict, the Anglophone crisis and the CRM election campaign.
• Hold the Biya regime accountable at international meetings. Cameroonian government representatives must be interviewed according to existing mechanisms on proven cases of murder, imprisonment and torture. This can be done at the United Nations Security Council or another appropriate forum.
• Trigger the process of individual sanctions against members of Cameroon’s government responsible for the current violence and chaos in the country, including travel bans, freezing assets, seizure of property, etc. or we, Cameroonians, it is clear that the Biya regime can no longer govern Cameroon.Therefore, we demand a political transition. This implies:
• The departure of the Biya regime
– We, Cameroonians, we gather to demand it. We will do this through large-scale, non-violent protests. We expect the world to support us as we do. • National Dialogue.
– To reconcile ourselves as a people and rebuild our nation, we must discuss our colonial legacy: the war of independence, the North-South divide, and the Anglophone question. We must redefine the nature of the state and its relationship with the citizen, as well as the form of the state.
• Citizenship Education
– To regain our citizenship status in a democratic state, we will need to organize citizenship dialogues and seminars across the country. We must relearn our rights and responsibilities in our country.
• Institutional Reform
– To restore balance between the three powers, we will need to rewrite the constitution and reform key institutions such as the electoral system.
– On the basis of the new constitution and the new electoral system, it will be possible for the first time in our history to hold free and fair elections.
Madam High Commissioner,
We intend to put an end to these crises and put an end to them, to avoid a major war and to recapture our country. It is our sincerely hope that the world will be with us.
For the Standing movement for Cameroon,
Edith Kahbang Walla.