Southern Cameroons: An urgent appeal following the Kumba massacre.

On October 24, masked armed men killed at least 7 innocent school children and left many
wounded in their classrooms in Kumba, in the Anglophone region of Cameroon. This astonishing
crime is not the first in a region where there are concrete risks of a genocide, as the international
community is apparently unwilling to take concrete measures.
In February 2019, about 12 children and a pregnant woman were massacred in cold blood in
Ngarbur. The Cameroon government initially put the blame on the ‘separatists’ groups; only after
pressure from the international community, it acknowledged that the killing had been done by
government forces.
Regarding this recent case (the Kumba Massacre), the Cameroon government is accusing the
leadership of the Ambazonian self-determination forces for the atrocities, notwithstanding the fact
that the Cameroon government has not provided any proofs and similar accusations in the recent
past have always been proved to be fake. The Ambazonian leadership claims the Kumba Massacre
was done by Cameroon government militias. In this situation, trustable international investigations
are necessary.
We believe that actions should have been taken earlier by the international community to avoid
such a heinous crime. As many innocent lives have already been lost, we should aim to putting a
permanent end to the conflict. It is certain that with the ruthlessness of the Cameroon government,
the resolve of Southern Cameroons self-determination forces and the nonchalant behavior of the
international community, the war will continue, and more massacres and atrocities will take place.
If we really don’t want this to happen again, we should consistently act to favor a peaceful solution.
The Cameroon government had and has the primary responsibility to end this war it started. The so￾called separatists would have no one to fight if Cameroon calls a ceasefire and accepts negotiations
as the separatists have done.
The crisis in the Cameroons has been ongoing since 2016, when lawyers from Anglophone
Cameroon were brutalized by government military and security operatives during a peaceful protest
in Bamenda, Buea and other cities.
Southern Cameroons leaders in exile in Nigeria were abducted and illegally transferred to
Cameroon and subjected to trial in military courts in a foreign language, against international law.
They are today serving life sentences, despite a Nigerian High Court judgement asking for their
release.
The ongoing conflict in Cameroon may amount to acts of genocide. Some experts already call it as
genocide. This claim should not be underestimated by the international community.
Mr Paul Biya, who has been in power as President of Cameroon since 1982, thanks to wide-scale
fraud in elections, violent repression and imposed changes in the Constitution, declared war on the
30th of November 2017 on the people of former British Southern Cameroons.
While the government of Cameroon claims that the conflict in Cameroon is an internal matter, the
leadership of Southern Cameroons is of the opinion that it is an international dispute.
We believe that a conflict between two countries that came together in 1961 under the auspices of
the United Nations cannot be the internal affair of one of the countries.
We therefore believe that, it is the responsibility of the international community to create a
framework for both sides to be heard in order to put an end to the conflict between them.
Bringing the two sides to the negotiating table is necessary, but till now the efforts have all failed
because Cameroon was and is still unwilling to commit to any genuine, internationally mediated
dialogue. We are suggesting that the international community should use any possible leverage to
intervene in this conflict. The lives of people, including children, in the English-speaking part of
Cameroon matter. Children have not been protected and have missed out of school for four years.
It is clear to us that Cameroon, which is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, has violated
all Commonwealth principles and disrespected Commonwealth of Nations values. The people of
Southern Cameroons should be given a platform by the African Union, the European Union, and the
United Nations to put forth their claims.
We would like to suggest some key points for an urgent commitment by the international
community:

  1. An investigation on all the atrocities that have taken place in Southern Cameroons since
    2016 should be carried out by independent observers, which should include the African Bar
    Association and the African Forum for Restorative Justice;
  2. Cameroon should immediately call a ceasefire and an end to the war it declared;
  3. Economic, financial and other sanctions should be placed on Cameroon to force it to accept
    peaceful negotiations;
  4. Travel restrictions should be imposed on certain Cameroonian state officials whose names
    are attached to this document;
  5. The UN should send peacekeepers into the Southern Cameroons;
  6. The people of the Southern Cameroons should be given the opportunity at the UN to present
    their claims;
  7. The rights to self-determination of the people of Southern Cameroons should be respected
    and their will ascertained through a fair, UN-organized referendum.

First signatories
Prof. Antonio Stango, President of Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU)

Prof. DJ Omale, President of African Forum for Restorative Justice

Sergio D’Elia, Secretary-General of Hands Off Cain (International League of Parliamentarians and Citizens for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide)

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FAKE NEWS; WHOSE PROBLEM IS IT?’

Misinformation also known as ‘Fake News” is gradually gaining much popularity and amplifying the threats facing humanity regardless of one’s location. The dissemination of misinformation can powerfully impact people’s actions and change the value of the interventions employed by governments and other stakeholders. Although some of the influx of these falsehoods may be harmless, others might pose a serious threat by misleading the general population to depend on unjustified and/unsubstantiated claims.

Given that misinformation moves rapidly and more widely through different channels, the effective strategy against heightening public fear on misconstructions is the provision of accurate information that conveys consistent narratives. There are narratives in the Global North that the evolution and manifestation “fake news” has been closely linked with the rise of populist politics, digital capitalism, and the transformation of the public sphere and structural weaknesses of liberal and mainstream media. What then are the drivers of this scourge in Africa? Whose problem is it really?

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“Strategies for Peaceful Coexistence: Understanding the Causes and Factors that trigger Religious Crises”

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  1. To expose participants to the immediate and remote causes and factors that trigger and sustain religious crises.
  2. To provide insights on the myriad consequences of religious intolerance.
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The religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa has changed dramatically. As of 1900, both Muslims and Christians were relatively small minorities in the region. The vast majority of people practiced traditional African religions, while adherents of Christianity and Islam combined made up less than a quarter of the population, according to historical estimates from the World Religion Database.

Since then, however, the number of Muslims living between the Sahara Desert and the Cape of Good Hope has increased more than 20-fold, rising from an estimated 11 million in 1900 to approximately 234 million in 2010. The number of Christians has grown even faster, soaring almost 70-fold from about 7 million to 470 million. Sub-Saharan Africa now is home to about one-in-five of all the Christians in the world (21%) and more than one-in-seven of the world’s Muslims (15%).

 

A study by a German academic, Matthias Basedau, says religious conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa have been on the rise for decades. Conflicts that have a religious dimension are becoming more common worldwide and sub-Saharan Africa is no exception. The region is generally vulnerable to conflicts because many states in sub-Saharan Africa are often weak. It also has to do with the fact that religious conflicts spill over from North Africa and the Middle East; either directly from Libya or Algeria or indirectly through the spread of more radical versions of Islam. However, religion is only one aspect of these conflicts – they can also be ethnic conflicts, or conflicts over power or resources. There is no conflict based purely on religion.

 

According to Genocide Watch, Nigeria has become a killing field of defenseless Christians. Reliable sources show that between 11,500 and 12,000 Christians have been massacred since June 2015 when the Buhari Government of Nigeria came to power.  These statistics are based on careful records kept by church groups that include the names of victims and dates of their murders.

 

Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen accounted for 7,400 murders of Christians. Boko Haram committed 4000 killings of Christians. ‘Highway Bandits’ who separated Christians from Muslims on buses and then killed the Christians committed over 200 murders.

 

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* What are the causes of religious conflicts?

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