The United States of America Calls for Restraint, Concerns Over Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in English Cameroon. The US have a deep concern for the oppressed English speaking Cameroonians from the North West and South West Regions. Yesterday the 28th of November 2016,
Yesterday the 28th of November 2016, John Kirby, the Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC made a press release addressing the torture and violation of human rights in Buea and Bamenda, respectively, by the military of the Biya regime.
Freedom of speech and expression has always been the foundation of human rights. Get the United States of America’s opinion in the press release below:
”The United States is deeply concerned by the loss of life, injuries and damage as a result of protests that turned violent in Bamenda and Buea, the respective capitals of Cameroon’s Northwestern and Southwestern regions. We call on all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from further violence, and engage in dialogue for a peaceful resolution to the current protests.
The United States urges the Government of Cameroon to protect and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, ensure that all voices are heard and respected, and preserve the guarantees enshrined in its constitution and international obligations. Apart from the events in Bamenda and Buea, we are also concerned over recent Cameroonian government actions to restrict free expression and peaceful assembly, including ten-year prison sentences for men who exchanged texts referencing Boko Haram and the arrest of 54 members of the opposition Cameroon People’s Party while they were peacefully conducting a party meeting.
The constitution of Cameroon guarantees freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and we believe that non-threatening rhetoric and activities – especially private conversations and gatherings – warrant neither prosecution nor government censure.”