Wednesday 18 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Cameroon's Prime Minister Philemon Yang on Monday began a visit to a troubled English-speaking region as part of what he termed a "dialogue" with the country's anglophone minority, state radio said. Yang travelled to Bamenda, the main town in Cameroon's Northwest Region, where he met the heads of trade unions in the transport, education and shopping sectors, as well as with bankers and other business figures, Cameroon Radio Television (CrTV) said. He delivered "a message of peace and living in harmony" while those who met him put forward proposals "for a definitive way out of the crisis," it said, without giving further details.
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is, it is a waste of...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Nearly 60 men who said they were captured by the Boko Haram Islamist group and forced to fight for them in Nigeria have surrendered to authorities in northern Cameroon. After spending two years with Boko Haram, the men decided to flee with their families and hand themselves in, according to several men who had surrendered and spoke to journalists at a ceremony in the town of Mozogo on Friday. A total of nearly 400 people originally from Cameroon -- 58 men, 86 women and 244 children -- said they had been taken hostage by Boko Haram fighters during attacks on their villages and taken to Nigeria...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Cameroon has launched a probe into recent deadly violence linked to a symbolic declaration of independence in the west African nation's English-speaking region, the defence minister said Friday. "Apart from the material damage, precise enquiries have been opened by judicial authorities on the toll," Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said on state radio. According to an AFP tally, 14 people died in violence in the run-up to the symbolic October 1 declaration of independence of Ambazonia, the name of the state the separatists want to create. However Amnesty International has given a toll of 17.
(APA 10/04/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the Cameroonian authorities to investigate the violence in the country’s English-speaking north-western and south-western regions. This was after 17 people were reportedly killed according to Amnesty International, and six according to the Cameroonian government figures. His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that Guterres "remains deeply concerned about the situation in Cameroon”, and has invited the authorities to “shed light on the incidents”. Guterres also urged the political leaders of the two sides to call on their supporters to refrain...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
A home-made device exploded overnight near a police station in Cameroon's restless English-speaking region, where separatist leaders have launched a campaign for independence, concurring sources said Tuesday. There were no reported casualties, they said. The bomb detonated near a police unit called the Mobile Intervention Group in Bamenda, the chief city in the Northwest Region, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The information was confirmed separately to AFP by an official with the regional government, who added that another device nearby was safely defused by police.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/17)
BAMENDA, Cameroon (Reuters) - At least 17 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, Amnesty International said, as violence broke out in an area where a separatist movement is gathering strength. The clashes began on Sunday after local groups called protests against what they say is their marginalization by the Francophone-dominated government of the country’s long-time ruler, Paul Biya. Witnesses said security forces opened fire, often at close range. Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on Cameroon to probe deadly attacks in the country's restless English-speaking region after protests leading to a symbolic declaration of independence. At least 17 people were killed in weekend attacks in mostly French-speaking Cameroon's southwest, a region once under British rule. Guterres "calls on the Cameroonian authorities to investigate these incidents", his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement late Monday. He called on "political leaders on both sides to appeal to their followers to refrain from any further acts of violence, and to unequivocally condemn all actions that undermine the peace, stability and unity of the country.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/17)
DAKAR (Reuters) - A once-fringe separatist movement in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions is gaining ground after a year of state repression that has undermined moderate voices and raised concerns the majority French-speaking nation may face a prolonged period of violence. Soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded others in the two English-speaking regions on Sunday, the anniversary of Anglophone Cameroon’s independence from Britain. Amnesty International said on Monday at least 17 people had died in the clashes. The growing...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
At least 17 people were killed over the weekend in clashes linked to a symbolic declaration of independence by Cameroon's anglophone minority, sources said on Monday. Amnesty International said "at least" 17 people were killed by security forces in the country's two English-speaking regions, a figure that concurred with a toll given by official sources, who added that two Nigerians were among the dead. Separately, the governor of the Northwest Region, which with the Southwest Region comprises the chief anglophone...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/02/17)
BUEA/BAMENDA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Soldiers shot dead at least eight people and wounded others in Cameroon’s restless English-speaking regions on Sunday during protests by activists calling for its independence from the majority Francophone nation, an official and witnesses said. The demonstrations - timed to take place on the anniversary of Anglophone Cameroon’s independence from Britain - came as a months-old movement against perceived marginalization by the Francophone-dominated government gathered pace. The protests, which began late last year, have become a lightning...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/17)
Police maintained a clampdown in English-speaking Cameroon on Monday a day after the country's restive anglophone minority declared symbolic independence, amid clashes that left seven dead. Highways in the anglophone Southwest Region remained blocked or filtered by police checkpoints in the early morning, and in the city of Buea the streets were virtually deserted and heavily patrolled. Police and troops set up five roadblocks on the vital 70-kilometre (43-mile) road link between Cameroon's economic hub of Douala and Buea, Southwest Region's chief city, an AFP journalist saw. In the rundown Buea district of Mile 17 -- a reputed haven for separatists -- rocks, hurled in demonstrations on Sunday...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/17)
At least seven people were killed in Cameroon's restive anglophone belt at the weekend as a separatist group made a symbolic declaration of independence. The separatists chose October 1, the anniversary of the official reunification of the anglophone and francophone parts of Cameroon, to declare independence for "Ambazonia", the name of the state they want to create. Since November, the anglophone minority has been protesting against perceived discrimination. The government deployed security forces at the weekend in English-speaking regions, notably Buea in the southwest and Bamenda, the main town in the northwest and a hub of anglophone...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/02/17)
PARIS (Reuters) - France called on all sides to show restraint and reject violence after soldiers killed at least eight people and wounded others in Cameroon’s restless English-speaking regions on Sunday, during protests by activists calling for its independence. “France is following the situation in Cameroon carefully and is preoccupied by the incidents that took place over the weekend,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne told reporters in a daily online briefing on Monday. “We call on all the actors to...
(AFP (eng) 10/01/17)
Police patrolled empty streets in Cameroon's restive anglophone belt as a separatist group made a symbolic proclamation of independence on Sunday, a day after a young man was shot dead by security forces. In Buea, the main city in the English-speaking southwest, the streets were mostly deserted as security forces patrolled the streets including the area where the separatists were expected to gather, an AFP correspondent reported. "I can't go out, they asked us to stay home," said one city resident who identified herself just as Nancy. "Everyone is afraid... it's not good," added another resident Thom.
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Authorities in an English-speaking region in southwestern Cameroon on Thursday announced temporary curbs on travel and public meetings, adding to a curfew imposed in the northwest after protests by the country's anglophone minority. The steps were announced ahead of what is expected to be a symbolic declaration of independence by Cameroon's English speakers on Sunday. A fifth of the 22 million people in the francophone-majority West African state is English-speaking -- a legacy of the unification in 1961 of two...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets in English-speaking parts of Cameroon in protest at perceived discrimination in favour of the country's francophone majority, concurring sources said. "Several thousand people have been marching in Bamenda," the main town in northwest Cameroon and the hub of anglophone agitation, a source close to the regional authorities said, requesting anonymity. State radio announced that the authorities in the English-speaking northwest had banned all street demonstrations and internal movement within the region's departments (counties) until October 3.
(APA 09/18/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - A delegation of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) is currently in Cameroon to assess the country’s electoral system, sources told APA on Monday. Headed by former Burkina Faso prime minister, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, formerly president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), this OIF mission will hold several meetings with political leaders. The mission, which will spend five days in Cameroon, follows a request from the Director General of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) Abdoulaye Babale,...
(APA 09/13/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - A new contingent of 1030 Cameroonian soldiers have recently joined the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for Stabilization in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), APA learned on Tuesday from the ministry of Defence (MINDEF). The new contingent is the fourth battalion of its kind deployed in CAR in a bid to beef up the ranks of their peacekeeping colleagues already in the country. Handing the national flag to the contingent, Cameroon’s minister of Defence (MINDEF) Joseph Beti Assomo...
(APA 09/07/17)
Cameroonian head of state Paul Biya is scheduled to visit the Far North region in the coming days, against the backdrop of intensified attacks by the Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram, sources have announced. The trip by President Paul Biya is meant to "boost" the spirits of the Cameroonian forces fighting Boko Haram, believed to be on its last legs. The Far Northern region of Cameroonian has witnessed renewed spate of deadly attacks by Boko Haram members who sneak into the country. The quarterly magazine “L'œil du Sahel” reported that Paul Biya who declared war on Boko Haram in May 2014 in France, has been the target of criticism for failing set foot

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