Below is Penn Terence’s written submission from behind bars via a surrogate who was one of the witnesses at the hearing this afternoon 06.27.2018 of the the US Congress’s Foreign Relations Committee’s SubCommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
URGENT!!! A resolution has been submitted to the US House of Representatives that, if passed, would save lives in the targeted communities of Ambazonia in West Africa. House Resolution 718 proposes condemning the actions of the Cameroon regime, including the recent human rights abuses that have gained international media attention. It was submitted in Congress on January 29, 2018, and it must be brought to a vote before the end of this Congressional session if it to count.
The Ambazonian struggle has for many years relied on the rigorous reporting and action of Amnesty International, widely recognized as the foremost guardian of human rights guardian worldwide. Yet, the Ambazonia Prisoners of Conscience Support Network and its undersigned allies are deeply troubled by the contents of the recently released Amnesty International report “A TURN FOR THE WORSE: VIOLENCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN ANGLOPHONE CAMEROON,” as well as comments made and actions taken by its spokesperson, Illaria Allegrozzi. We are writing this letter to delineate these concerns, and the historical-political context of neocolonial patterns within which they are relevant. In doing this we hope to create a context for sincere dialogue with committed Amnesty staff and supporters on these matters.
Below is a primer on the Crisis in Ambazonia, written from behind bars by Penn Terence Khan.
A teacher by profession and law student at the time of his arrest in January 2017, Penn Terence has been an advocate for the integrity of the indigenous educational system in the occupied territory of Ambazonia. Prior to his arrest, Penn Terence served as the vice-principal of the Cameroon College of Arts Science and Technology (CCAST) Bambili, a college known for its academic excellence.
It has been 150 days since the Nigerian secret service seized Julius AyukTabe, known for his nonviolent leadership of the movement for the rights of the people of Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons), and 11 of his senior aides at the Nera Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. It is time to bring them home, and we need your help! Join the campaign to Free Julius AyukTabe and All Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience! |
UPDATE: Our efforts are working! Mr. AyukTabe has now been granted access to a lawyer. We will continue to press forward until he and all Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience receive their well-deserved freedom!
In the attached letter, Asah Patrick and Tanwum Kechawah pen their rejection of the premise and legality of being tried by the Cameroon Military tribunal seeing they are civilians. They equally declared their intention to not voluntarily participate in the court proceedings anymore, as part of an ongoing civil disobedience action by Ambazonian political prisoners in Kondengui.
(Image of Mancho in chains behind bars by KKongson)
The Cameroon military tribunal in Yaounde continued its legal charade on May 25, 2018,
with the sentenced of the following ambazonian activists arrested in Bamenda in connection with the fall 2016 general strike. The protests leading to the general strike were against attempts by the Cameroon regime to replace the Ambazonian common law based judicial system with what amounts to the French colonial court system.
The ongoing show trial of peaceful protesters from the 2016 general strike against efforts by Cameroon to institute the French colonial legal system in Ambazonia hit a snag at the sentencing of law student, Ambazonia Parents Teachers Union CAPTAC activist, and Vice Principal of the acclaimed Cameroon College of Arts Science and Technology (CCAST) Bambili, Penn Terence Khan.
We support without reservation Penn Terence Khan and the other Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience held at the Kondengui High-Security Prison protesting their unfair trial by the Cameroon Military Tribunal in Yaounde, and we call on others to stand by him as well.