Cameroon: Anglophone activists denied bail as hunger strike, ghost towns continue

June 8, 2017

Cameroon: Anglophone activists denied bail as hunger strike, ghost towns continue

The trial in Cameroon of a prominent lawyer and human rights activist and some two dozen other defendants has again been adjourned after a military tribunal in Yaounde denied them bail.

Their next court date is scheduled for June 29, according to local media reports.

Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, leader of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, was arrested in January when the government under President Paul Biya outlawed the group. Consortium co-leader Dr. Fontem Neba also was arrested, along with a third Anglophone activist, Mancho Bibixy, who was arrested after making a public speech in November.

Those arrests came as the Anglophone movement was gaining traction among lawyers, doctors and other professionals seeking to address the political and social marginalization they say that Cameroon’s English-speaking citizens experience in the predominantly Francophone West African nation.

Those longstanding divisions arise in part from the colonial legacy of the West African nation. Authorities in Cameroon also have interfered with journalists and Internet access, and the situation has drawn the attention of the international community as well as human rights groups.

UPDATE JUNE 8: Justice AYAH’s son has been released, but no explanation for his arrest given. (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (ESPANOL)

Following the bail denial today at the Yaounde Military Court, I want to thank you all both home and abroad for the support towards all detainees, lawyers and teachers. Equally, I urge you all to remain strong and courageous despite the challenges as the struggle continues. #FreeAllArrested #Cameroon



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