By David Atangana
The Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, (CHRDA) has indicted government soldiers and armed Separatist Ambazonia fighters of grave human rights atrocities committed in the ongoing armed separatist conflict in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
The indictment is contained in the latest report published on June 14, 2022, chronicling incidents of violence perpetrated by both parties. The report, which MMI, obtained a copy of, covers the period between April and June 2022.
Faulting government soldiers, the report brought to light Military operations in some localities that ended up inflicting pain on the local population.
“On June 1, 2022, nine unarmed civilians were arbitrarily executed by elements of the defense and security forces in Missong village situated in Fungom subdivision in Menchum Division of the North West region”, the report reads in part, adding that,”The victims consisted of four women, four men, and a one-year-old baby.”
The report also said: “on the night of June 9, 2022, the defense and security forces began an offensive operation in a rebel search in Belo in Boyo of the North West region. In the operation, at least two persons have been executed by the military, houses burnt and property looted”
Other atrocities committed by government soldiers according to the report include the arbitrary arrest of 40 commercial bike riders in Oku, the disappearance of 16 of the 40 arrested bike riders, the burning of houses and bikes in Matondo village II and Killing of three people in Bali Nyonga.
The report also focused on acts of violence implicating separatist Ambazonia fighters in their armed campaign to create a separate state from Cameroon.
“For some time now armed separatist fighters in Kajifu and Obonyi II villages situated in Akwaya subdivision in Manyu Division of the South West have been having problems with the population regarding their excesses,” CHRDA said, adding, “They invaded the Apostolic church and opened fire at worshippers killing at least 10 with 18 others injured”
According to the report, separatists are implicated in many other violent incidents including, the violent suppression of peaceful protest in Oku with torture and killings, the kidnap of senator Regina Mundi, the killing of school children in Kumbo.
While condemning the latest spate of violence, the rights group called for the cessation of hostilities and a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
“CHRDA condemns these renewed acts of violence perpetrated against the civilian population and calls on the state to thoroughly investigate these incidents and bring perpetrators to justice”, the rights group said, recommending that, “we equally call on all parties to the conflict to cease using all violence against the civilian population and to instead seek a lasting solution to the crisis through peaceful means”.
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