Tuesday, 30 January 2018

U.S. Congress Slam Cameroon Government For The Ongoing Human Rights Abuses and Atrocities.

The ongoing human rights violations and atrocities being committed Paul Biya and his government have made the people of former British Southern Cameroon and Cameroonian to feel abandoned and Paul Biya seen as the untouchable as no one has dared to publicly condemn him and if possible call him back to order. 

Many have come to the conclusion that the world has sided with Paul Biya and watch them suffer helplessly but however, a recent U.S. congressional resolution shows they are closely monitoring the situation.

A U.S Congressional resolution H. RES. 718 condemns Cameroon government for ongoing human rights abuses, internet shutdown and killing of protesters.

H.Res.718 - Condemning the actions taken by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon against Patrice Nganang and others, and for other purposes.

U.S. Congress Slam Cameroon Government For The Ongoing Human Rights Abuses and Atrocities.
Shown Here: Introduced in House (01/29/2018)
[Congressional Bills 115th Congress] 
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office] [H. Res. 718 Introduced in House (IH)]

115th CONGRESS 2d Session H. RES. 718 Condemning the actions taken by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon against Patrice Nganang and others, and for other purposes. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
 January 29, 2018 Mr. Zeldin submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

RESOLUTION 

Condemning the actions taken by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon against Patrice Nganang and others, and for other purposes. 

Whereas, on January 17, 2017, the Government of the Republic of Cameroon shut down mobile internet access to English-speaking regions of Cameroon after clashes involving separatists; 

Whereas, on October 1, 2017, the Department of State expressed serious concern over the Government of Cameroon's use of force to restrict free expression and violence against protestors in the country's English- speaking regions; 

Whereas the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) publicly urged the Government of Cameroon to halt violence after 17 people had reportedly been killed and dozens wounded and arrested in demonstrations in the country's English-speaking regions since October 1, 2017; 

Whereas the Government of Cameroon has retained control of electronic media by refusing to grant licenses to private radio and television stations and has intensified political attacks against the independent press; 

Whereas commenting unfavorably on political or human rights issues frequently results in official repercussions for writers and journalists in Cameroon; 

Whereas publishing material critical of the Government of Cameroon on political or human rights issues frequently results in official repercussions for writers and journalists; 

Whereas Patrice Nganang criticized the Government of Cameroon for its marginalization of English-speaking persons and publicly criticized President Biya on online media outlets; 

Whereas Patrice Nganang is highly educated, with a Ph.D. in comparative literature and is currently a professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; 

Whereas, on December 6, 2017, Patrice Nganang was arrested at Douala International Airport and charged with violating the antiterror law for insulting President Biya; 

Whereas Patrice Nganang was taken into custody and detained in the Kondengui Central Prison in Yaounde, Cameroon, for approximately 20 days; 

Whereas the Government of Cameroon delayed a public hearing for Patrice Nganang and neglected to issue a warrant of criminal charges; 

Whereas hundreds of English-speaking detainees have been beaten or mistreated in custody; Whereas these actions of the Government of Cameroon constitute gross and reprehensible violations of international law and basic human rights; 

Whereas the police, gendarmerie, and Government authorities reportedly continued to arrest and detain persons arbitrarily, often holding them for prolonged periods without charge or trial and at times incommunicado; and 

Whereas there are numerous documented accounts of citizens of Cameroon being imprisoned and beaten for publicly reporting on unrest in Cameroon's English-speaking regions or criticizing President Biya: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives:

1. Strongly condemns the actions taken by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon against Patrice Nganang and the English-speaking minority of Cameroon; 
2. Affirms that the United States continues to hold the Government of Cameroon responsible for upholding all the rights of its citizens, regardless of political views or beliefs; and 
3. Urges the Government of Cameroon to extend to all of Cameroon's citizens, including political dissidents, the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations and other international covenants on human rights, including the freedoms of expression with equal protection under law.

However what Cameroonians expect from the international community is to see something done to remedy the situation before the refugee crisis in Nigeria worsens not speeches and resolutions.
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