Cameroon: Anglophone Crisis: Towards The Release Of Agbor Balla And Co.?

April 21, 2017

President Paul Biya has ordered the restoration of internet services to the crisis-hit North West and South West regions in a move widely seen as a step towards unlocking the Anglophone crisis deadlock.

The presidential instructions given on Thursday April 20, 2017 come 93 days after the regions were deprived of what the U.N. calls an important tool for development, communication and collective development.

The government ordered the disconnection of internet services to the region in January protests by the minority English speakers over alleged marginalisation by majority French speaking Yaounde regime.

Besides the internet freeze, the government arrested leaders of the now outlawed Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) which has been coordinating the teachers and lawyers’ strike that spiralled into violence.

CACSC president, Barrister Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla and secretary-general, Dr Fontem Neba as well as Mancho Bibixy are now facing a death sentence at the Yaounde military court on charges of terrorism.

About 100 other detainees including opposition political leaders and journalists arrested in relation to the crisis are yet to be charged.

 

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http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroon-anglophone-crisis-towards-the-release-of-agbor-balla-and-co-287223.html

http://www.cameroon-info.net/article/cameroun-crise-anglophone-bernard-muna-ancien-batonnier-les-membres-du-gouvernement-ne-287253.html (FRANCAIS)

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