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The World’s Most Neglected Conflict: Cameroon

April 19, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Cameroon has been ruled by President Paul Biya, age 88, since 1982. He continues to win elections that no international monitor considers free and fair, and his country is ranked among the world's most corrupt and repressive by Transparency International and Freedom House, respectively.

In 2016, Biya's Francophone-dominated regime tried to impose French-speaking judges and teachers on the English-speaking regions, representing 20% of the population. Peaceful Anglophone protests were crushed with what impartial human rights groups described as disproportionate force. The UN estimates 700,000 civilians (out of six million Anglophones) have fled to the bush and beyond. UNICEF says one million children have been out of school for four years. Local civil society groups believe 5,000 people have been killed. Meanwhile, hundreds of opposition figures are imprisoned without due process.

Armed militias have emerged, demanding a sovereign country called "Ambazonia," and rights monitors believe all armed sides are behaving with impunity. The former colonial powers, the UK and France, offer bland calls for the respect for international human rights law, but neither government will apply pressure on Cameroon to attend inclusive mediated peace talks offered by the Swiss and the Vatican. Our webinar speakers will offer a variety of views and analysis on the way forward. Please join us.

Speakers:

Dr Chris Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute, Washington DC

Juliette Paauwe, the Global Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

Billy Burton, Toronto University Database of Atrocities

Maggie Kilo, Ambazonian activist

This meeting will be held online. Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3XYpwWqDTZyvWrA_tIZkew