In an incredible turn of events, a bipartisan bill aimed at reining in the Cameroon regime was adopted into law by the US Senate at the end of the 116th Congressional Session. Senate Resolution 684  was passed into law on January 1, 2021, in a rare New Year’s Day session that was required because of the need to hold a vote on whether or not to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the Defense Authorization Act.
Yesterday, at least six children were brutally killed by attackers armed with guns and machetes at Mother Francisca International Bilingual school in Kumba, Ambazonia. At least a dozen more were wounded. Every local press source and discussion forum is saying that the Cameroon military is responsible. But less than an hour after the event, the New York Times published an article asserting that “separatists” are responsible — though the lede of the Reuters source article itself stated that Reuters was unable to confirm this.
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This month, Ambazonians celebrate the proclamation of the restoration of our independence on October 1, 2017, as well as the four year anniversary of the mass nonviolent lawyer-led uprising in October 2016 which sparked the people’s will toward this. Given the importance of these anniversaries for the Ambazonian people, APOCS would like to comment on the significance of the October 1, 2017 proclamation.
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January 5, 2020 will mark the two-year anniversary of the illegal arrest and imprisonment of Sisiku AyukTabe Julius, known for his nonviolent leadership of the movement for the rights of the people of Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons), and 9 of his senior aides. They remain imprisoned in Cameroon despite a March 2019 Nigerian court ruling that they should be immediately released. .
Eight human rights defenders and leaders of the Cameroon Association for the Defense of Students’ Rights in Cameroon (Association pour la Défense des Droits des Etudiants au Cameroun - ADDEC) continue to languish in jail following their arrest in May 2019. A military court later charged them with with rebellion, complicity in subversion, failure to report, using a false title, and dissemination of false news.
Below is the Front Line Defenders statement on the case from June 2019:
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD], has introduced a bill into the US Senate which addresses the conflict between Ambazonia and Cameroon. In our opinion, this bill has the strongest potential of passing and becoming law. It has many positive aspects, including a clear call to the government of Cameroon to “release human rights defenders, civil society activists, political prisoners, journalists, trade unionists, teachers, faith leaders and any other citizens who have been arbitrarily arrested and detained without trial or charge;...”
Imprisoned leaders have ended a hunger strike after 10 days, having achieved most of the demands set forth. Imprisoned leaders maintain that all brothers who have been whisked away to other jails must be immediately returned, and that all illegally detained Ambazonian prisoners must be released. Solidarity is needed from the international community to attend to the urgent health needs and prevent further injury of the prisoners.