The Geneva Convention on the Right of a Refugee defines a Refugee as someone with a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.
The Southern Cameroons is a nation deprived of its right of existence and its population subjected to acts of brutality, arrest, extra-judicial executions and general repression for voicing their discontent to the present political dispensation. The question of sovereignty of the Southern Cameroons is a one of political deprivation and its subjects deprived of their right to their rightful nationality by a brutal and illegal occupying power.
The Southern Cameroons Youth League (SCYL) is a movement created in the face of such brutality and deprivation to bring pressure to bear on the present administering authority to relinquish its grip on our people and to allow our people to determine through democratic means the system of government they intend to live under. Since the creation of the SCYL in 1995, its members, supporters and sympathizers have been systematical brutalized, arrested, killed and detained forcing thousands of others to seek protection in foreign countries.
While recognizing the right of members of the SCYL to seek and to receive protection from such persecutions
While acknowledging the responsibility of governments to uphold and respect to the letter the prescriptions of the Geneva Convention
The SCYL also has a responsibility to its members and the Host Countries where tens of thousands of its members have sort and received and are still seeking protection.
To facilitate this process and to uphold the credibility the SCYL has thus far established with Immigration Institutions and Foreign governments, the leadership of the SCYL has made the following decisions:
1-All letters attesting membership to the organization shall be signed by the Head of the SCYL International Secretariat (IS)
2-Due to the individual nature in which Immigration authorities treat cases, the specific claim of persecution shall be investigated by the Secretary General of the SCYL and the findings forwarded to the Head of the International Secretariat
3-Every Attestation of claim of membership or persecution that is not from the Head of the IS or having been vetted by his office shall be considered fraudulent
On Behalf of the SCYL
Ayaba, Cho Lucas
“Human rights are about the curtailment of the abstract and super state power, ie the limitation of absolute power corrupting absolutely”
Julius Che, June 1997- Buea.
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