Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Akere Muna Cries Out For The Restoration Of Internet In Anglophone Cameroon

International Legal icon, Akere T. Muna says it is time for Cameroon to honor its international commitments in the two english speaking region of the country which have been deprived of the Internet since January 17.


The Cameroon government decided suspend internet in these regions to limit images of the current anglophone movement and information about the demonstrations that has rocked these two parts of the country for several months.

The former president of the Cameroon Bar Association believes this suspension of Internet access by government constitutes a clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Resolution of the Republic of Cameroon of 5 July 2012 on the promotion, protection and exercise of human rights on the Internet. ” The resolution calls on all Member States of the United Nations (UN) to” promote and facilitate access to the Internet and international cooperation with a view to the develop media, information and Communication with all other countries, ” the famous Cameroonian lawyer recalls.
Akere Muna Cries Out For The Restoration Of Internet In Anglophone Cameroon
Barrister Akere Muna who was recently summon by the Defence state Secretariat on issues related to the anglophone crisis, thinks that “The Internet cuts in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon is aimed to silencing a part of the Cameroonian population, which is at the risk of seriously compromising their means of subsistence “. He mentioned in particular financial losses estimated at more than one million dollars to date and the effects suffered by many entrepreneurs including “those of the” Silicon Mountain “that are our pride in the international arena.

He concludes that it is time for Cameroon to honor its international commitments by urgently restoring the Internet connections in these two regions of Cameroon.

The release of Barrister Akere Muna

“The suspension of internet access in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon for almost 75 days constitutes a clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Resolution of 5 July 2012 on the promotion, protection And the exercise of human rights on the Internet, which calls on all Member States of the United Nations (UN) to “promote and facilitate access to the Internet and cooperation In the field of media development and information and communication systems in all countries “.

By this action, the UN Human Rights Council affirmed “that the rights enjoyed by offline individuals must also be protected online, especially the right of everyone? Which is applicable above frontiers and by means of its choice, in accordance with articles 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The main reason for the disruption of the Internet network in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon is to silence some of the Cameroonian population. there is the risk of seriously jeopardizing their livelihoods. and even financial losses estimated to date to more than one million dollars and the harm suffered by many entrepreneurs effects suffered by individuals including those of “Silicon Mountain” who made our country proud in the internationally scene .

It is time for our leaders to honor their international commitments, placing greater emphasis on respecting the rights of freedom of expression enjoyed by all Cameroonian citizens in all regions. The time has come to restore the Internet connection in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon.”
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