Cameroon

HRDs exposing rights violations in Anglophone regions subjected to death threats

Amnesty International issued a statement on 7 July 2022 regarding reports that at least seven human rights defenders and one cyber-activist had faced death threats as a result of exposing human rights violations in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon – Northwest and Southwest regions – where clashes and violence have been taking place between government security forces and separatists since 2017. Over 6,000 people are estimated to have been killed, while over 765,000 people have been displaced in the conflict.

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HRDs exposing rights violations in Anglophone regions subjected to death threats

Harsh sentences for opposition protesters; journalists and TV programme suspended

Prior to the opening of the African Cup of Nations, which took place from 9 January 2022 to 6th February 2022 in Cameroon, 27 CSOs wrote an open letter to President Paul Biya, calling for the modification of laws that have been used to criminalise protest – in particular the 2014 anti-terror law – as well as for the release of more than 100 people who have been languishing in prison for over a year, and some of over five years, for protesting. Some examples of those detained include TSI Conrad, a young journalist who was arrested while covering protests in the Anglophone regions six years ago and was sentenced by a military court to 15 years in prison; and Dorgelesse Nguessan who was sentenced to five years in prison for attending a Mouvement pour le Renaissance du Cameroun-led protest over how the regional protests were organised. Read more  |  Read in French

Harsh sentences for opposition protesters; journalists and TV programme suspended

Upsurge in LGBTI persecution and abuse; journalist sentenced to 23 months in prison

On 11th May 2021, two transgender women were sentenced to a prison sentence of five years and a fine of 200,000 francs CFA (371 USD) for 'attempting homosexuality', 'public indecency' and 'non-possession of ID card'. The two women - social media figure Shakiro Njeukam and Patricia Mouthe - were arrested in February 2021 in Douala Read more  |  Read in French

Upsurge in LGBTI persecution and abuse; journalist sentenced to 23 months in prison

Opposition protesters prosecuted in military courts; two journalists sentenced in appeal

On 15th January 2021, Human Rights Watch reported that 136 people, arrested in relation to the opposition protests on 22nd September 2020, remained in prison. Over 500 people, mainly supporters and members of opposition party Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC), were arrested. Amnesty International said previously in December 2020 that several people have been tried or prosecuted, either before civilian courts or military courts Read more  |  Read in French

Opposition protesters prosecuted in military courts; two journalists sentenced in appeal

Opposition protests: hundreds arrested, journalists assaulted and detained

Opposition protests across the country on 22nd September 2020, in response to President Biya's announcement to hold regional elections in December 2020, was violently dispersed by security officers, who used tear gas and water canons to disperse protesters. Hundreds of protesters were arrested, some of whom were beaten. Read more  |  Read in French

Opposition protests: hundreds arrested, journalists assaulted and detained

Military forced to admit that journalist Samuel Wazizi died in custody, 10 months after his death

Under pressure from civil society groups following a news story by private television station Équinoxe Télévision, the Cameroonian military admitted in a statement read on the radio on 5th June 2020 that journalist Samuel Abuwe Ajieka, also known as Samuel Wazizi, had died on 17th August 2019 while he was in custody. Wazizi was arrested on 2nd August 2019, was never presented before a court, nor were his relatives or his lawyer informed of his whereabouts during the ten months since his arrest. The circumstances of Wazizi's death are unclear and disputed. Read more

Military forced to admit that journalist Samuel Wazizi died in custody, 10 months after his death

Hundreds released as National Dialogue on Anglophone crisis concludes, others remain in prison

On 4th October 2019, president Paul Biya ordered the prosecution to drop all charges against opposition leader Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) Maurice Kamto and 102 other people who were arrested in the context of MRC's 'marches blanches' (white marches) protests on 26th January 2019 to denounce what they call electoral fraud during the country's presidential elections on 7th October 2018.The release of the opposition members came after negotiations between MRC and the government, and on the last day of the National dialogue on the Anglophone crisis that took place in Yaoundé from 30th September to 5th October 2019. Read more  |  Read in French

Hundreds released as National Dialogue on Anglophone crisis concludes, others remain in prison

National Dialogue on Anglophone crisis, dissent voices linger in prison

From 30th September 2019 and 5th October 2019, a national dialogue on the Anglophone crisis will take place in Yaoundé. The dialogue, convened on the initiative of president Paul Biya, aims at 'mobilising all the constructive forces around peace, security, national harmony and progress' and will discuss eight topics, including bilingualism, the educational and judiciary system, and reconstruction and development of the regions that have been affected by the conflict. Read more

National Dialogue on Anglophone crisis, dissent voices linger in prison

New crackdown on opposition protests: at least 350 arrested after defying protest ban

Administrative authorities denied, on several occasions, protests by Cameroon's main opposition party Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC), to demand the immediate release of the party's leader Maurice Kamto and other MRC supporters. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 350 people were arrested when the MRC members and supporters tried to hold protest on 1st June 2019 in several cities in Cameroon, in defiance of the ban that authorities imposed on grounds of 'risk of disturbing public order'. Read more

New crackdown on opposition protests: at least 350 arrested after defying protest ban

More than 100 arrested during opposition protests, several journalists detained

In the weekend of 26th - 27th January 2019, more than 100 protesters were arrested during 'marches blanches' ('white marches') in Douala, Yaoundé, Dschang, Bafoussam and Bafang. The opposition party Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) had called, on 26th January 2019, to protest to denounce what they call electoral fraud during the country's presidential elections on 7th October 2018. Read more  |  Read in French

More than 100 arrested during opposition protests, several journalists detained