APOCS Network Mission & Background
The Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience Support Network (APoCsnet) is a network built around supporting Ambazonian Human Rights Defenders in the prisoners and secret detention centers of the French Neocolonial regime in Cameroon. APoCsnet works to maintain communication with our imprisoned comrades, to support their physical and emotional well-being, to gather and disseminate information that is relevant to their struggle, and to organize solidarity actions in consultation with their needs and campaigns. APoCsnet also works to support imprisoned Human Rights Defenders in Cameroon and in the rest of the Francafrique controlled territories, and actively seeks to contribute to the building of a global network in solidarity with imprisoned Human Rights Defenders all over the world.
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, the former United Nations Trust Territory of Southern Cameroons Under The United Kingdom administration, needs to be respected by all — including the French neo-colonial regime in Cameroon and its allies.
The Ambazonian - Cameroon conflict that is the bases of the current close to 3000 Ambazonia political prisoners held in prisons and secret detentions sites across the territory controlled by the Cameroon regime has it roots in the military occupation of Ambazonia by Cameroon following the ill-fated UN plebiscite on a confederation between the two countries in 1961.
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.