Subject to the outing of 22 November 2018 of the Cameroon Defense and Security Forces (DSF) on their Facebook page “Honneur et Fidelite – Armee Camerounaise”, the army has prided itself of the operations led by the 51st Motorized Infantry Brigade (BRIM) which led to the “neutralization” of 19 Separatist militants in Bali and Fundong, in the North West Region of Cameroon.
However satisfying this announcement might be to the people the post was targeting, CHRDA has documentary evidence attesting the fact that these 19 individuals were all later incinerated and the same pieces of evidence further demonstrate that at least 3 of the alleged “neutralized” Separatists show signs that they were alive at the time of incineration and were battling for survival.
The Head of State in his 2018 speeches has not only called for military operations but also ordered that perpetrators of violence be brought to justice. The actions of the soldiers in the field do not reflect the aspirations of the Head of State. We call on the government to not only talk the talk of its respect for the rule of law but to equally show a minimal respect for the basic right to fair trial and the right to life by respecting its Criminal Procedure Code, the 2014 Law on Terrorism, Rule 47 of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in relation to persons hors de combat – no longer taking part in hostilities as a matter of choice or circumstance.
CHRDA strongly condemns the incineration of Separatists hors de combat as it is not only a violation of International Humanitarian Law but is equally a criminal act for which prosecution is warranted.
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