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Serbia Urged to Stop Selling Arms to Cameroon

After a video of executions in Cameroon featured what seemed to be soldiers using Serbian-made arms, Amnesty International has asked Serbia to stop exporting weapons to the country.

Amnesty International told BIRN that Cameroon has used Serbian-made weapons in a pattern of “systematic violations” of human rights, and has called on Serbia to suspend arms export to the African state.

“Given the credible evidence of a Zastava M21 being used by Cameroonian soldiers to carry out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children, Serbia – a major supplier of small arms to Cameroon – should suspend further supplies,” Patrick Wilcken, an arms-control researcher at Amnesty International, told BIRN.

“This is not the first time Amnesty International has documented human rights abuses by Cameroonian forces using Serbian small arms. Rather, it reflects a pattern of systematic violations,” Wilcken added.

The comment came after both Amnesty and Bellingcat stated that they had verified that the gun seen in the video of the execution of the women and children, accused of belonging to outlawed Islamist terror group Boko Harram, was a Serbian-made Zastava M21.

The gun is produced in the state-owned Zastava arms factory in the central town of Kragujevac.

Serbia’s Ministry of Trade, which issues arms export licenses, and the Ministry of Defence, did not reply to BIRN’s questions on arms sale to Cameroon by the time of publication.

According to data from the UN/Arms Trade Treaty, Cameroon has been one of the largest recipients of Serbian weapons since 2013.

BIRN reported in September last year that tweets had captured images of Serbian-made Coyote machine guns in Cameroon and Nigeria – apparently seized from Boko Haram fighters.

On July 12, Amnesty reported that an investigation had “gathered credible evidence that it was Cameroonian soldiers depicted in a video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children.”

Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s Communication Minister, dismissed the video as fake news, but said the authorities would conduct an investigation.

“Although we have demonstrated that this is fake, the head of state has instructed the Minister of Defence to open a thorough investigation in which no stone should be left unturned,” UK’s ITV quoted Bakary as saying.

Amnesty, however, stated that “both the weapons and uniforms of the soldiers in the video are indicative of the Cameroon Army, and display patterns consistent with a number of possible units, including regular infantry and the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), the special forces of the Cameroonian army.”

“The Cameroonian authorities’ initial claim that this shocking video is fake simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny,” Samira Daoud, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s West Africa office, said in Amnesty’s report.

“The evidence we have provided forms a firm basis for strongly suggesting that the individuals committing these atrocities are members of Cameroon’s armed forces.”

Paul Biya, who has been Cameroon President for 36 years, is facing accusations of brutal human rights abuses.

On July 13, the Associated Press reported that Biya is “one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders” and that “he oversees an increasingly restive Central African nation that faces an Anglophone separatist movement and the threat from Boko Haram extremists crossing the border from Nigeria.”

CNN reported on June 14, citing an Amnesty International report, that English-speakers in the country were being targeted by both the Cameroonian military and separatists in violence that Amnesty described as “unlawful, excessive and unnecessary.”

 

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  1. In the Arm sales market, only buyers are scarce. There are so many offers. Besides, in the market exchange, many companies compete for the few clients that show up. So why would serbia accept to lose market for any external reason whatsoever? Only fools in cameroon will believe that is even a problem to be solved. But is serbia doesn’t sell, other countries will.

  2. SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

    Serbia is NOT different from LRC. She was confronted with the same problem as LRC. In 1998, the majority of Kosovars said with one voice that they had had enough of their marginalisation in the union with Serbia. They asked for a peaceful separation of Kosovo from Serbia. However, Dictator Milosevic of Serbia said his country was “one and indivisible”. He then sent his terrorist soldiers to Kosovo. Serbian military, paramilitary and police forces in Kosovo committed a wide range of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law: forced expulsion of Kosovars from their homes; burning and looting of homes, schools, religious sites and healthcare facilities; detention, particularly of military-age men; summary execution; ……

    • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

      ….rape; violations of medical neutrality; and identity cleansing. In the end, the Kosovars won and in 2008 Kosovo became independent. Southern Cameroonians should continue to defend themselves and their motherland because, in the end, SC will also become independent. LRC can NEVER EVERwin this war. Dictator Milosevic could not keep Serbia “one and indivisible”. He died as a prisoner at the ICC. Dictator Biya can NEVER keep his LRC “one and indivisible” because SC will separate. Dictator Biya will also die in the prison of the ICC like Milosevic. Dictator Biya is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He, therefore, bears individual and superior command responsibility for the crimes perpetrated by his terrorist soldiers in SC.

      • Well written Sir. For people who are still wasting their time with LRC, I do not feel for them. Once SC has the means, financially it would get arms from Serbia” wata na wata

        • I feel sorry for some of you naive boys, who still believe in that virtual Rep. s###. You’ll all soon discover the real faces of those your leaders who deceived you. And you’re surely still wondering like me why no country in this world ever took your fairy Republic seriously, I believe. You’ll have the means and buy arms, tsuippppp. What about funding my-balaok-to-Buea?

          Just wait after Biya is elected, the truth abt some of your leaders is going to make some of you guys go in for the rope, and a stable chair too of course…

        • Dream?
          Of course we dream. Yes sir we dream alright.
          We dream of a nation in which extra judicial killings would be anathema,
          Yes we dream, of a nation in which worth and not the last name would determine progress.
          Dream you said? Absolutely! Of a country in which the destiny of our children yet unborn lies within our ambit and not in the corridors of some poorly lit room in France, you’re absolutely right we dream. Our dream as you might have noticed is one we are not only willing to finance but it is one we are willing to die for.
          And yes we make no excuses and care not whose Ox is gored for we dream of Ambaland, the pearl of the gulf, Ambazonia we dream of thee!

        • Epée,

          you dream of Amba that would behead opponents, Amba that would threaten any opponent with the barrel of the gun, what field marshal in Lebialem calls his little baby.

          Authentic Anglos, whose legit struggle for equality was hijacked, would soon be forming auto-défense groups here and there. Not to serve you candy tho, but to deal with your proxies hiding in the bushes.

          Good lucks in your dreams tho, authentic Anglos are understanding your mov’t, minute after minute…

        • Truth and Facts

          @ZamZam,

          what is your business in other people’s dreams? Why keep interfering? Just leave them alone and work towards your own dreams.

          Is it not that simply? If your dream is to get Biya elected again, just go for it. If your dream is to get Biya out of power just go for it. Leave other people dream to them and focus on your own.

        • @Truth and Facts,

          my own dream is that we ALL, Anglo/Franco, tell our children the TRUTH.

          What we’re experiencing today is a direct consequence of handing down lies to our children, generation after generation.
          Nobody is ever wrong in our country, we’re ALL RIGHT. Yet, whining is the order of the day.

          Francos spent their time instilling wrong superiority complex in the minds of their kids by portraying the Anglo as a less-smart chap, Anglos spent their time instilling wrong inferiority complex in the minds of their kids that their curse is LRC—just a simple case in point.

          Now, are Anglos less smarter?
          Is LRC the curse of Anglos?

          All such chicanery on both sides is intentionally made simply coz WIT has long left US, in favor of wickedness and greed.

        • Had Franco forebears had that courage to tell the TRUTH to their kids, e.g., that, at independence, SC, had one of the best intellectuals in West Africa. Would such kids ever believe in such fairy tales that Anglos are less smarter?

          Had Anglo forebears had the courage to tell their kids the TRUTH that Ahidjo was forced by the likes of Sir Cohen David and his cohorts to accept a union b/w LRC and SC, coz SC had no economic strength, a burden that was to be gotten rid of—NGR was afraid SC would ruin her booming economy. Nobody knew that there was OIL in SC. Instead, Ahidjo was doing SC a great favor, given that context created by some wizards in UK. Now, tell Anglo kids that side of the TRUTH and see if they too would still see LRC as a curse.

          Only such little TRUISMS can save CMR…

        • —Sir Andrew Benjamin Cohen—

    • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

      *** * THE MYSTICAL WEAPON OF LRC ****

      Three satanic Grandmasters have been invited by Dictator Biya to LRC.

      Their secret agenda is to help stop the UNSTOPPABLE momentum by satanic powers.

      They have demanded for their services:

      1. The blood of countless Southern Cameroonians
      2. Soil from every town in SC
      3. Billion of US Dollars for their services

      They promised to use mystical means to stop the momentum of the Anglophone revolution

      **** MY TAKE ****

      The contracting of the so-called Grandmasters by Dictator Biya is a sheer waste of precious time, energy and scarce resources.

      The reason is simple:

      The revolution is ordained by God because it is a just cause. Rhe so-called Grandmasters can therefore NEVER EVER stop the present momentum

      • Stop messing around with the name of God. God can never ever support people who kidnap and behead people who don’t agree with them.

  3. bit bloody late now Cameroons at war now. This could go on for years unless Biya goes .

  4. Terrorist « ambazonia « 

  5. This piece glosses over the apparent arming of BK fighters??????? ,maybe stopping those sales are of a greater importence .Do they have THAT sales list ?

  6. Instead of pinning the government down u are talking about Serbia!! Every govt needs weapons, the problem is how to use it, so hammer the govt fo Camair and stop blaming Serbia.

  7. @Zam-Zam If Biya’s CPDM says any anglophone that supports seperation is a terrorist,and should be treated as such,then we Ambasonians are saying that any anglophone,especially those of the CPDM who supports what Biya is doing to anglophones, are terrorist as well,and should be treated as such.We are fighting for freedom of our land and our children unborn.And the freedom must come at all cost,including beheading and using the barrel of the gun to kill all those anglophones who who do not like that ”freedom” but benefitting from the system. Yes,we behead armed opponents.Becos they are a threat to our way to freedom….Remember,Bami’s like u have no lessons to give to us.You were also beheading when u were fighting for your own freedom.So stay quiet and enjoy the show.

    • Kongosa,

      wehti Bamis dem really do wuna mov’t eh? Ah sure sey wuna go better spare Biya than Bamis.

      Mek we even agree sey ah be Biya Agent, Beti, Bami…na so wuna go handle opposition for wuna FB Rep.?

      Na some of the reasons dem that why all man di poum wuna mov’t, all wuna own na daso for shu ngum witi loss sense. Man support wuna mov’t oh, wuna loss sense, man oppose wuna oh, so-so loss sense.

      Ah di even respect field marshal for Lebialem pass wuna IG. At least yi be very honest, and yi surely mean wehti yi di tok, sey wuna no chop money for yi back.

      Mek wuna go sleep for bush too mek we see norr!

      Lie-lie Anglo liberators…

    • @ Kongosa, Your terrorist organization as well as the CPDM have no support from the majority of anglophones. Stop using the CPDM as an excuse to behead anglophones who don’t support your madness. How do you expect the anglophones to support your Ambazonia nonsense when you are already beheading people without even the Ambazonia republic being formed yet. Nobody in their right mind can support an organization that beheads people as the same thing will happen to them tomorrow if they dare oppose the Ambazonia leaders. Just wait and see. Very very soon we will come after your thugs.

  8. @Zam Zam ”you dream of Amba that would behead opponents, Amba that would threaten any opponent with the barrel of the gun, what field marshal in Lebialem calls his little baby.”…If u care,u keep on manipulating people who will read your write-ups and get carried.Ambas does not have political opponents here.They have but colonial masters.Their opponents,as u call them,are not a political party.So don’t call them political opponents.Ambas are not fighting to take power from CPDM,so don’t call them ”opponents”.Besides,SCNC have refused to form a political party.CPDM knows that.SCNC is a freedom movement,while CPDM is a colonial party,well established in Cameroon.Both have constrasting views.One is an administrative and a colonial party,while the other is an freedom movement.

    • Kongosa…Biya use Nji witi Ayuk for cause disorder for SW/NW, so dat yi go get very simple reason for justify yi perpetual stay for power in the name of yi no fit go then lef kontri for inside wahala. Jes non, all junior lions dem wey dem bin di nyathi around yi for inside yi own poh-poh party, dem dong give up. kontri dey for war, senior lion musto continue, according to junior lions—thanks to Ayuk witi Nji. Wuna no fit believe, bot ifi na Zam, wuna koh-koh, all man go comot for yi smol hole for kosh.

      Sep Mme Walla witi Cabral dem go soon give up—wuna mov’t try well-well for put san-san for inside CMR garri forsika ova loss sense without thinking. Na why dat wey tief pipol dem liké Nji witi Ayuk dem succeed for fool wuna mov’t so easily.

      Oh-oh…

  9. Son of the soil

    Aka secessionist or whatever, we don’t”t truly need you people. Had it not been Haidjo with his blind zeal, you fools would have never unite with us in the first place. I don’t even know why Biya doesn’t let you drugs addicts go.You are all worthless to be human beings, you insult the very people who feed you.I understand the reason why Britain abandoned you people, you are all hopeless.

    • No matter the condescending tone, you make a valid point: Just after independence, Ahidjo (and France) were not interested in S.C due to limited resources they had in LRC. Of course, all that changed after oil was discovered.

  10. @Son of the soil and Zam Zam…… Of course,Ahidjo needed SC more more Foncha needed LRC in 1961.
    Proof: 1) Ahidjo accepted a two states federation,and latter on plotted a cour d’etat in 1967 and overthrow the West Cameroon elected gov’t.
    2) Ahidjo went ahead to organise an ilegal referendum in 1972 and changed the form of the state without the approval of the West Cameroon house of assembly.
    3) Biya unilaterally changed the name of the country from United Republic of Cameroon to LRC.
    Thus,a conclusion can be arrived at,that Ahidjo and LRC had a hidden agenda from the beginning.
    When u unconstitutionally overthrow an elected gov’t,just know that kama is infront waiting for u.

    • Kongosa,

      u’re talking abt after reunification, but b4 voting 2 join LRC Ahidjo had 2 accept first before UK could use LRC as an option—LRC or NGR? Ahidjo was very skeptical 2 accept because SC was seen as a burden that could cost the UK/NGR much money should she become independent. Once UK convinced Ahidjo into accepting the reunification vote option, that is when Sir Andrew Cohen and his mama in UK, wisely removed the independence option. Hence, just 2 options were left. LRC/NGR?

      SC was scared to join NGR coz of the way Igbos, e.g., were treating SC CMRs, like 5th class citizens. And SC was 2 be completely sucked into NGR, without any rights to whatsoever.

      Hence joining LRC, was not a curse. It was a good and wise move. What came later is a different story…

    • Kongosa,

      u’re talking abt after reunification, but b4 voting 2 join LRC Ahidjo had 2 accept first before UK could use LRC as an option—LRC or NGR? Ahidjo was very skeptical 2 accept because SC was seen as a burden that could cost the UK/NGR much money should she become independent. Once UK convinced Ahidjo into accepting the reunification vote option, that is when Sir Andrew Cohen and his mama in UK, wisely removed the independence option. Hence, just 2 options were left. LRC/NGR?

      SC was scared to join NGR coz of the way Igbos, e.g., were treating SC CMRs, like 5th class citizens. And SC was 2 be completely su*cked into NGR, without any rights to whatsoever.

      Hence joining LRC, was not a curse. It was a good and wise move. What came later is a different story…

      • This is the type of TRUTH we have got to teach ALL CMR kids, it would help us understand where the problem started, Andrew Cohen/UK. Ahidjo only acted in good faith to help bros and sis in SC, who preferred to have autonomy within a state ruled by their blood brothers than lose every single right by joining NGR.

        When one knows such part of history, there is just no way one can ever accept group mentality, just for the sake of it.

        What came later, that is a completely a different story—but still, none is innocent in this other part of the story…

  11. @Son of the soil ”I understand the reason why Britain abandoned you people, you are all hopeless.”….Of course Britain had no choice but to abandon us.Do u know why? becos we are not push overs.Britain tried to join us with Nigeria,but we told them..nyet..If Nigeria,that SCnians underwent, same colonial with,could not dissolve SC in a basin of water,in the presence of British Colonial administrators,it is not LRC with her French culture that is going to suceed.

  12. Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.The idea of The Federal Republic of Ambazonia shows how intellectually mature the Anglophones are.Francophones and their supporters would only talk of beer and football.Small minds.Ambazonia is a dream and a big one of course.But don’t forget that those who do not dream are already dead.That is why instead of solving the problem francophones believe that violence is the answer and now they are employing all tactics just to come out of what they started..Remember those who have no dreams are already dead while living.The fight continues.

  13. @Zam-Zam According to u,Ahidjo did a favour to accept the union with SC,right? how come,the same Ahidjo voted against the independence of SC by ”joining” LRC? If he had accepted the British proposal,as u claim,he should have voted for SC’s independence by ”joining”.But it is on record that LRC voted,against SC’s independence at the UN general assembly.
    Now,instead of moving from two states to may four states,e.t.c.U moved from 2 states to one state and creat a colonial administrative party,called CNU,which have graduated to CPDM,and u started training colonial administrators like DOs,SDO e.t.c.All those administrators,that are civil servants,are also members of the colonial party,CPDM.The system is purely colonial.If Francophones sees nothing wrong with it,we anglophones do…

  14. @Zam-Zam Stop defending Ahidjo..Let me tell u,Ahidjo never liked re-unification.It was never on his political agenda.He started forcing re-unification becos the UPCist were preaching re-unification to the East Cameroonian electorades and the electorades loved re-unification.So,in order for Ahidjo to make UPC to disappear from East Cameroon political scene,he had to pursue the project of re-unification.That way,he would have achieved what UPC have promised East Cameroonains.That way,UPC would cease to exist,or better still,UPC will have nothing to promise East Cameroonians that Ahidjo have not done already.

    More over, SC was not begging for choices.It is UN that refused SC the third option.