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Cameroon women’s rights activists call on the government to respect young peoples’ rights and freedom of expression

Cameroon women’s rights activists call on the government to respect young peoples’ rights and freedom of expression

Within the past weeks, we have witnessed and seen rising challenges for human rights in Buea and Bamenda, on young women and men, pupils, students and the general populace, including intimidation, police/military brutality, arbitrary detention, physical attacks, hate speeches perpetuated by the states against its own citizens whom it owes as duty to protect and safeguard.

As feminists, women’s rights and gender equality advocates, we strongly condemn in the strongest terms the gross human rights violation, inhumane treatment, arbitrary arrest and systematic torture and humiliation of hundreds of female students and young women across the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

We strongly condemn any act of such and would like to call on the government to realise that at a time when the world at large is celebrating the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, particularly violence against women, no one was [is] to experience any forms of violence – directly or indirectly, given Cameroon’s  engagement and active partisan , through the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family (MINWEF/ MINPROFF) in every year’s 16days of activism.

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