Rise in killings in Anglophone regions ahead of parliamentary elections

  • Armed separatists continue abductions and killings
  • Army burned dozens of houses, Amnesty remote sensing analysis confirms more than 50 in two areas
  • As of last December, 679,000 people were displaced

 

Amnesty International | A surge in violence meted out by the Cameroon military since recent weeks, has led to dozens of killings and thousands of new displacements in several areas across the Anglophone regions, Amnesty International said today, ahead of parliamentary elections due to take place on Sunday 9 February.

Amid several reports of villages razed to the ground, Amnesty International remote sensing analysis confirms the burning of more than 50 houses in Babubock and neighbouring villages of Bangem in the South-West around 14 January. These destructions by the army, including killings of villagers, are serious human rights violations.

The security measures and increased military presence announced by the Cameroonian government to ensure this weekend’s vote can take place, appear to have been a pretext for a much more sinister operation.
Fabien Offner, Amnesty International Lake Chad Researcher. 

“The security measures and increased military presence announced by the Cameroonian government to ensure this weekend’s vote can take place, appear to have been a pretext for a much more sinister operation,” said Fabien Offner, Amnesty International Lake Chad Researcher.

“In recent weeks, brutal military operations have been conducted while crimes committed by armed separatists continue unabated. Civilians are finding themselves trapped in a spiral of violence. The authorities should take all necessary measures to protect the population and investigate these human rights violations and abuses.”

Since the 23 December 2019 armed separatists’ announcement challenging the decision of the elections to take place, Amnesty International has documented a pattern of unlawful killings by the army in the Anglophone regions.

Villages destroyed and killings by the military 

On 23 January, the village of Ndoh in the South-West region was attacked.  Following reports of the killing of a soldier in the area on 22 January, a group of soldiers described by eyewitnesses attacked the village market and started shooting indiscriminately.

Amnesty International had the confirmation that bodies of 14 men were found after the attack, and two others two days later in the area. At least five people were wounded by gun shots, among whom a 14-year-old boy who received a bullet in the abdomen, and another 17-year-old boy who was shot in the thigh.

Amnesty International’s analysis of remote sensing data confirms that more than 50 houses in Babubock and neighbouring villages were burned to the ground during a military operation around 14 January 2020.

Amnesty International also received information from a man explaining his 30 years-old son was shot dead on 23 January as he was running away inside the bush.  In January, several villages were destroyed in the South-West region. Amnesty International’s analysis of remote sensing data shows fires present in North-West of Bangem on 14 January. Later, satellite imagery from 20 January confirms that more than 50 houses in Babubock and neighbouring villages were burned to the ground during a military operation around 14 January 2020.

A humanitarian worker has also been arrested by heavily armed military men wearing uniforms of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR in French) on 24 December 2019. Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International he was brought to a police station and later found dead on 2 January 2020 in a road, his body presenting evidence of torture and gunshot wounds to the head.

Crimes by the armed separatists

Armed separatists continue to commit serious crimes, including killings, abductions and extorsions.

On 30 January, four staffs of a humanitarian organisation were abducted by an armed separatist group, which accused them of working for the government. They were released a day later after three of them were beaten and subjected to psychological torture, according to the organisation. On 15 January, a young man was killed, and his father injured near Bamenda (North-West), as they tried to avoid checkpoints held by armed separatists.

On 3 December 2019, three people including a doctor were abducted by armed separatists between the village of Bambili and the town of Bamenda (North-West). Abductors started asking for a ransom of 5000 euros before reducing it to 100 euros. Before their release, the persons were blindfolded, and guns pointed at them while they were yelling.
Armed separatists have also asked aid workers to stop their activities during the 6 to 11 February 2020 planned lockdown they have ordered in the Anglophone regions. Only Emergency health services can continue with their activities during this period.

Increase in the number of displaced people

The violence led to an increase in the number of forcibly displaced persons. As of December 2019, there were 679,000 displaced persons in Cameroon and 52,000 refugees in Nigeria who fled from the Anglophone regions, according to humanitarian organizations. However, Cameroon Minister of territorial Administration denied the existence of a crisis and said in December 2019 that only 152,000 persons were displaced from the Anglophone regions.

“For more than three years now, people in the Anglophone regions have been caught in the violence between the military and armed groups. This crisis cannot be ignored by the authorities responsible to protect the population,” said Fabien Offner.”

“It’s time for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to establish and carry out a fact-finding mission into all allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed in the Anglophone regions since 2016.”

For more than three years now, people in the Anglophone regions have been caught in the violence between the military and armed groups. This crisis cannot be ignored by the authorities responsible to protect the population.
Fabien Offner

 

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11 comments

  1. Yeah, kill the rats, clean the swamp.

  2. **** THE GRANDMASTER OF FAKE NEWS ****

    FAKE NEWS #1

    “The situation in the South-West and North-West Regions is stabilizing, and the Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism should thus be able to delve into the crux of the problem;” (Biya, 2018)

    FAKE NEWS #2 :

    “The security situation in the troubled English-speaking region of the country has improved since a national dialogue to end the conflict took place last year” (Biya, 2020)

    YOU BE THE JUDGE !!!

  3. Babubock and neighboring villages that have recently seen the bruteness of Biya`s
    dumb military, lies in Bangem Subdivision, where the famous professor of political
    science, teacher in the catholic university , cpdm central committee member, minister
    bla bla bla, hails from. What an abomination, is have a son of the soil, in the calibre of
    such a devil?

    • The devil`s name, is prof Elvis Ngole Ngole. Denver – Colorado trained scollar in
      political science. In a country of the blind, such demons,roam the streets with their
      shoulders high up above their heads. What a curse.

  4. A country where the unqualified are called professors, professors you can’t seem to see what they have produced in terms of research to be titled professors, where the title professor is awarded because of loyalty to the corrupt CPDM. Google Scholar turns up nothing significant for Prof Elvis Ngole Ngole. These are the supposed intellectuals that are wise enough to get us out of the mess that they have orchestrated. Let’s keep living in a dream that somehow the situation in the two Anglophone regions will simply vaporize through military intervention. There will never be peace in Cameroon with the current moron in Etoudi stuck in the old ways of doing business by force, a pupil of the forced usurpation of power inherited from the colonial era in which his ideas are encased in stone.

  5. After all the burning, killings, beheadings, amputations, kidnappings….elections are still going to be held in NW/SW, and LRC will remain one and indivisible, forever.

    Was it then worth the pain to sacrifice Anglos, especially women and children?

    Anglo diaspora is the dumbest of all diaspora that ever crawled on in this earth. And the most pathetic part is that most are said to be dokitas.

    How I wish I never layed down my damn A on a school bench, would have at least been at par with those cloned dokitas, without having to stain my fingers with ink…

  6. The author of the killings is the HOS (Paul Biya) and he said in 2003 that those who wished him dead can wait for 20 years and he has 3 more years to fulfill his prophecy . God has cursed LRC and we have to continue to pray for God to have mercy of the people of the 2 Cameroons

  7. Une fois de plus, Biya vient d’être battu à son propre jeu.

    Les forces de défense et de sécurité du Cameroun ont incendié des maisons et des magasins en AMBAZONIE. Nous avons la liste de ce qu’ils font en plus de leurs actes barbares.

    Ils pillent, ils brûlent, ils tuent, ils mangent des chiens, volent du bétail
    Pour se faire passer pour des Ambazoniens.
    Ils s’habillent en clochards dans les rues et cachent des armes.
    Ils infiltrent pour écouter ce qui se dit.
    Les fonctionnaires vivent dans le chantage permanent
    Ils volent les pc, les téléphones et tout ce qu’ils trouvent.

    LA RIPOUBLIQUE thief our ressources, buy weapons with the money then come and kill us with the weapons from the money of our ressources way dem thiefam.La Ripoublique Voleur. Assassin. Bandit. NoBoDy can Accept slavery

  8. May force and wisdom always guide the people of Southern Cameroons, AMBAZONIA. Freedom is a human right. Together we stand to win, separated, we may easily lose. We shall prevail against all odds. AMBAZONIA shall be free amidst all thorns.

  9. There is no greater glory than to die for what you believe in.
    Our people are martyrs, theirs are the names by which our streets will be called.
    In larepublique most of their streets are numbers nobody can remember.
    Amba is free

leo mattis Aenean in dictum ante. ultricies