The Ambazonia Interim Government says the African Union and French Cameroun’s political allies in Europe are failing to hold the Biya Francophone regime in Yaoundé accountable for multiple reports of human rights abuse.
Vice President Dabney Yerima revealed recently that several Ambazonian women who refused to work as informants for the French Cameroun elite force, the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) were assaulted during an interrogation at detention centres in Buea and Mbouda.
According to Human Rights Watch and several local human rights organisations, the treatment of Southern Cameroons female prisoners is just one of the French Cameroun’s methods of crushing the Ambazonia uprising and quest for independence. Arbitrary arrests, imprisonment without trial, torture and executions are reported on a daily basis.
Forced disappearances in places like Bamenda, Muyuka, Kumba and Kumbo are common and interrogations are reportedly conducted without any legal representative present. Cameroon Intelligence Report gathered that some French Cameroun interrogators boasted on social media of their reputation for inflicting torture and pain on Southern Cameroons detainees.
The International Crisis Group, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have all released reports that document the suffering of Southern Cameroons women and children.
The French government of President Emmanuel Macron has failed to address the abuses perpetrated against Southern Cameroonians in any public way, instead relying on statements released by the French embassy in Yaoundé that regularly dismisses torture and ill-treatment allegations leveled against French Cameroun government authorities. And the French government continues to supply arms, training and political support to the Yaoundé regime.
By Asu Isong in London