CHRDA Condemns the Summary Execution of 19 Separatists

 


22 November 2018 – Images by the Cameroon Defense and Security Forces after “Operation Coups de Poing”


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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3 Comments

  • Bertrand

    Reply 26 November 2018 4:09 pm

    This is really terrible. Where is the international community? These acts of barbaries should not left unpunished. These evidences totally demonstrate the agenda of those in power in yaoundé.

  • Berinyuy Cajetan

    Reply 27 November 2018 6:24 am

    The execution and burning of these people did not only violate national and international positive laws, but the act also goes against the laws of nature. The question is if some of these people were infected with sickness, what becomes the Faith of citizens living around the area where they were being burned?

  • Titakeju

    Reply 27 November 2018 9:31 am

    Barrister Nkongho, I don’t believe you think the Head of State does not approve of the treatment meted out on the Southern Cameroons Restoration Forces. The regime is well and fully in accord with these atrocities. The international community will stay muted when the regime is committing crimes against humanity but will sunddenly come to live when Restoration Forces are accused , wrongly or rightly, of a misdeed. We are up against Global Capital ( Shell, Harlibuton, Bolore, Total etc.). We are left with no other weapon but truth as our sword. God bless Southern Cameroons.

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