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Torture

No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.

[Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Article 2 (2). Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 39/46 of 10 December 1984 entry into force 26 June 1987, in accordance with article 27 (1)]

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

[Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5]

Every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being and to the recognition of his legal status. All forms of exploitation and degradation of man, particularly slavery, slave trade, torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment and treatment shall be prohibited.

[African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, Article 5]

In July 2017, Amnesty International published its report on torture in Cameroun. With a death penalty law having been enacted by Cameroun in 2015 that equates citizens of Ambazonia affirming their fundamental human right to self-determination with terrorism, in violation of the African Charter and the UN Charter that provide for and guarantee this right, the citizens of Ambazonia have been subjected by Cameroun to the same and even worse ferocious torture. It’s a case of give a good dog a bad name and hang it!

Victims of torture described at least 24 different methods used to beat, break and humiliate those subjected to it, usually with the aim of forcing confessions or providing information, but also to punish, terrify or intimidate. Most commonly, detainees were severely beaten with various objects including electric cables, machetes and wooden sticks, forced into stress positions and suspended from poles in ways that caused extreme pain in the joints and muscles, and subjected to drowning. Most victims were subjected to a mixture of these methods on multiple occasions, while also suffering inhumane conditions of detention and the deprivation of food, water and medical treatment. The severity of torture has led to many deaths, with 32 of the 101 victims saying that they had witnessed the deaths of others following torture''. -Amnesty International, July 31, 2017

Cameroun is a party to three international treaties that prohibit torture, as well as cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment: the Convention against Torture (CAT), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (adopted 16 December 1966, entered into force 23 March 1976) (ICCPR), and The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (also known as the Banjul Charter). Moreover, Cameroon’s Constitution, Penal Code (Law n°2005 of 27 July, Section 30 (1)), and Criminal Procedure Code forbid the use of torture and other treatment that violates human dignity and integrity. However, when it comes to treating citizens of the Ambazonian territory that Cameroun has annexed and occupies, all these laws and standards on the treatment of human beings are simply confined to books and all that reigns are hellish treatments unde rthe whims and caprices of Cameroun governors, Senior Divisional Officers (SDOs), Divisional Officers (DOs), police and military officers.

The Ambazonia Governing Council (AGC) has determined that some of the many places in which Cameroun has unleashed a vortex of ferocious forces on Ambazonian citizens, torturing them mercilessly to death – and those who survive end up with years of extreme paralysis and post-traumatic stress disorders – include the BIR headquarters in Salak, near Maroua, and ‘DGRE Lac,’ which is a facility in Yaoundé that is run by the General Directorate of External Research (Direction Générale de la Recherche Extérieure, DGRE), not far from the National Assembly. At DGRE Lac, it is as though Ambazonian citizens are used as human experiment subjects to test the extent of human resistance and submissions to different torture techniques of the Cameroun government. The Prison in Buea, Mamfe and Bamenda are also centers of the torture of Ambazonian citizens. Others are subjected to the most degrading cruelty at the BIR Training center in Limbe. Ambazonians are also tortured in the ‘Secrétariat d'Etat à la Défense" (SED) and the base of the Presidential Guard in Yaoundé, as well as in stations of the police’s special rapid intervention units known as "Equipes spéciales d'intervention rapide" (ESIR) in Buea and Bamenda, in addition to other police and gendarmerie stations across the country, especially in Bafoussam, Ngoundere, Bertoua and Yaounde. This cruelty, this man’s inhumanity to man MUST STOP once and for all!!


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