APOCS Network Mission & Background
The Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience Support Network (APoCsnet) aims to mobilize students, teachers, lawyers, activists, politicians, human rights groups, political organizations, community-based organizations and governments to pressure the French neo-colonial regime in Cameroon to free the Ambazonian activists it is holding as political prisoners. Ambazonia, also known as the Southern Cameroons, is an English-speaking territory currently under military occupation by Cameroon linked to an ill-fated UN plebiscite on a confederation between the two countries in 1961.
The recorded history of Ambazonia Prisoners of Conscience can be traced to as far back as the Mountain King Kuva Likenye, whom for his resistance to German colonisation (1891-1894) was deported from Buea to Wonya Mokumba where he fell ill and died soon after.
The current generation of Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience refers to people imprisoned for the expression of their conscientiously held belief that the fundamental human rights of the people of Ambazonia need to be respected by all — including the French neo-colonial regime in Cameroon and its allies.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Ambazonian political prisoners starting in 2016, following nationwide protests to defend the Ambazonian common law–based judicial system from the Cameroonian regime’s attempt to replace it with what amounts to a colonial court system.
Things took a turn into the domain of international humanitarian law in January 5, 2018, when under pressure from Paris and without cause, the Nigerian government arrested 12 leaders of the Ambazonia community at Nera hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. The “Nera 12” had gathered to prepare for a meeting with the UNHCR to discuss the plight of thousands of refugees from Ambazonia, who have crossed the border into Nigeria fleeing violence at the hands of the Cameroonian military.
On January 26, 2018, without the involvement of a judge or the existence of an extradition treaty between Cameroon and Nigeria, and in violation of Nigerian laws, the African Union’s Convention on Refugees, and the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Nigeria forcibly handed some of the Nera12 along with 47 other Ambazonian refugees to the Cameroon regime--the second longest-running dictatorship in the world.