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

Full Statement to be submitted to all relevant government officials:

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.

We, therefore urge the Cameroon authorities to recommit to its commitments to the International Human Rights treaties, such as; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003), the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (2005), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984); under which Cameroon has assumed international obligations to respect, protect and ensure that citizens’ human rights are fully respected and protected, and that citizens rights to freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration will not subject them to torture, humiliation and death.

We demand the government to end the culture of impunity for crimes perpetrated by state military and police and equally call on the government of Cameroon to ensure justice is served to the victims of the recent police brutality.

We demand that the government cover all medical charges and bills incurred by the students who were brutalised by the police and military, including the cost of lost and damaged properties.

We also demand a fair trial to the victims, as well as an apology to the victims, their families and the general public.

We ask that hence no one should ever be treated without respect, equality, dignity and integrity.

In totality, we condemn any injustices, all forms of violence, torture, and abuse created [ever created] by the system against its own people.

We believe that we cannot grow as a nation and a society towards emergence by 2035 when people’s rights are constantly obstructed with violence and abuses by the system.

Signatories

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh, Wfac Cameroon | Christelle Bay, Hofna Cameroon | Yuo Foy Immaculate, MSc. WGS | Mba Madapeu, Feminist | Regina Ndip Ako Zama, MSc. WGS | Nancy Makeoh Mafor, Wfac Cameroon | Shatu Nadabou Sule, Entrepreneur | Hellen Kasila, MSc. WGS | Andoh Reine Agnou, Wfac Cameroon | Ikome Ndive, Jemea, Our Voice | Kame Hannah Liengu, Human Rights Activist | Ngwainmbi Maxceline Nkain, MSc. WGS | Esong Eleanor Ntube, MSc. WGS | Epie Noella, MSc. WGS | Auriella Endeley, Gender Specialist | Buhven Claris Suinyuy, MSc. WGS | Eponle Usoh Sylvie, Peace Activist| Cecilia Elokobi Arrey, MSc. WGS | Njenu Veronica, Women’s Human Rights Activist | Leonie Yanke, Women’s Human Rights Activist | Agbor Rita, MSc. WGS

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