THE COUNCIL’s PETITION ON THE KILLINGS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF BUEA

The Students came out peacefully but were attacked by armed soldiers with instruction to shot on sight. photo courtesy http://www.postnewsline.com

MR PHILIP ALSTON,
SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON
EXTRAJUDICIAL, SUMMARY OR ARBITRARY EXECUTIONS,
OHCHR,
GENEVA,

The Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) on behalf of the Southern Cameroonian mothers, widows, orphans and youths who live in perpetual argony strongly condemn the persistent and systematic murdering of their children, husbands and fathers on flimsy excuses.On condemning the systematic and flagrant violation of the human and peoples’ rights we petition and call on the UN Human Rights Council, currently holding its third session in Geneva, to urgently INTERVENE in the Southern Cameroons conflict with la Republique du Cameroun before another Palestine episode is inevitably born in West Africa.

The PROBLEM- Southern Cameroonians are consistently forced to bury their loved ones consequent upon the brutal and murderous bullets of the occupation and repressive forces of la Republique du Cameroun.

Treated as a conquered people and deprived of their inalienable right to freedom of assembly, opinion, expression, peaceful protest, even of the right to wear a T-shirt with the inscription “Southern Cameroons,” they are arbitrarily arrested, tortured, kidnapped and detained in la Republique maximum security prisons where they frequently fall victim of extrajudicial and summary executions.

Between October and November 2006 Henry Nchadze and Philip Tete have died in prison. They are victims of prolonged torture, tauma, lack of medical attention when sick and gross neglect. Held under inhuman and degrading conditions and denied due process of the law, their appeals have been pending for too long. They were subjected to slow death. Henry and Philip Tete, committed defenders of Southern Cameroons freedom and right to self-determination, have only joined Daniel Ndifon, George Shirnyuy, Mathew Titahonjio, Hon. P. P. Nkwenti, among others, who went before. Yet the UN and the democratic world watches on in legendary silence. But for how long?

While the prison system is the extablished axe for silent genocide, the Buea University has become the slaughter house of the Southern Cameroonian youth. The occupier of our land being not contented with denying the Southern Cameroonian youths of their inalianable right to freedom, justice, equality, gainful employment and meaningful life in dignity, deprives them even of their limbs and GOD-given life which is sacred.

Last year when all state universities in the two Cameroons went on strike seeking improved conditions and amenities for conducive academic studies, in la Republique du Cameroun territory not even a student was detained or brutalised. In the Yaounde University of Soa, for example, the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Fame Ndongo was held hostage under rain. Yet it was all peaceful dialogue.

But in the University of Buea, Southern Cameroons, where the peaceful protest on the campus was manifest, troops were ferried in from la Republique du Cameroun to teach the “anglofools” an unforgettable lesson and the calm campus was transformed into a teatre of war. Two were killed, girls raped, many wounded, property destroyed and valuables looted. The result of the commission of inquiry is yet to be made public.

On Nov. 27, 2006 another peaceful strike for very legitimate reasons: protesting against the imposition of francophone students who did not write the entrance nor pass the prescribed examination into the newly created Faculty of Medicine, University of Buea, once again invited the wrath of the repressive occupation forces. Troops were again ferried in and the consequence is the slaughter of five and many wounded. Some escaping for safety were involved in a motor accident and reports have it that six died. The casualty figure may still rise.

Those murdered are:
1) Hilary Muabe, Economics Student, shot in the head from the back
2) Ivo Obia Ngemba, Economics Student, shot in the mouth
(see pictures of the two attached).
Others whose names we got are:
3) Laura Mbianda
4) Ngundam Terence Ndeh
5) an old mother knocked down by a stray bullet.
All these premeditated and brutal killings took place under the direct supervision of the colonial proconsul, Governor Eyaya Zanga Louis, aided by:
1)the Legion Commander- Ngoty Eyoam
2)Assistant Legion Commander- Kamgo Lucas
3) Prefet for Fako- Bernard Okalia Balai
All these commanding officers are citizens of la Republique du Cameroun. What else than this can exemplify annexation and occupation of Southern Cameroons by la Republique du Cameroun? Southern Cameroons under British truteeship, half a century ago, was not even under such alien rule. British Southern Cameroons as from 1954 had an elected government, a parliament and civilised police who could not even as much as slap a tax defaulter. Blood shed was unknown.

But as a consequence of imperfect decolonisation that facilitated annexation and occupation, Southern Cameroons has been under the reign of terror.

The Southern Cameroons conflict with la Republique du Cameroun is fast becoming explosive. Only one thing, namely, PROMPT POSITIVE INTERVENTION, can stop this fast deteriorating situation from giving birth to a Palestine in West Africa.

Sir, we petition the UN Human Rights Council to send you in your capacity as the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions to lead a Fact Finding Mission to the Southern Cameroons to carry out thorough investigations into the grave consequences of the annexation and occupation of Southern Cameroons by la Republique du Cameroun.

The UN Human Rights Council should treat the Southern Cameroons Question in like manner as it is treating the Palestinian and Lebanese situation. La Republique du Cameroun propaganda should not be listened to. The British Southern Cameroons was never an integral part of French Cameroun under French Trusteeship nor was it at independence on January 1, 1960. By what instrument of international law then does la Republique du Cameroun exercise the sovereignty of the bullet over the former British Southern Cameroons? Southern Cameroonian youths are slaughtered like diseased cows because their fatherland, Southern Cameroons, is annexed and occupied.

Annexation and occupation constitute flagrant violation of international and humanitarian law. Cognisant of the grave danger it posses the UN has declared annexation a crime against humanity and a threat to world peace. We fervently believe it is this conviction and painful knowledge of its threat to world peace that has forced the UN Human Rights Council to devote special sessions to the Lebanese and Palestinian crises and the determination to find a lasting solution.

It is in this light that Southern Cameroonians plead that POSITIVE ACTION be taken now so that a new Palestine is not born in West Africa.

Done, in Geneva, this 2nd Day of December, 2006.

On behalf of the Southern Cameroonian people,

NFOR, NGALA NFOR
National Vice Chairman, and
Chair, Foreign Affairs Commission (SCNC)

cc:
High Commissioner of Human Rights,
UN Secretary General, H.E Kofi Annan
UN S.G Designate, H.E Ban Ki- Moon
President, ICJ, The Hague
Commonwealth Secretary General
AU Commission Chairman,H. E. Alpha Oumar Konare
UK Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Tony Blair
USA President George W. Bush
Nigeria, President O. Obasanjo
South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki
Ghana, President John Kufou
Republique du Cameroun, President Paul Biya
H.E. Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa
Secretary General ACHPR, Banjul
Marino Budaschin, General Secretary, UNPO, The Hague
Special Rapp. on the situation of HR in the Palestine Territory
Special Rapp. on Torture
Human Rights Organisation national and international
Press, national and international

“Human rights are about the curtailment of the abstract and super state power, ie the limitation of absolute power corrupting absolutely”
Julius che, 1997 Buea
http://www.scylforfreedom.org /southerncameroonsig.org

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