Standoff at Bamenda market a sign of rising Cameroon tensions

Tension is high in Cameroon as armed security forces sealed off a market district in Bamenda that’s been the site of ongoing protests by Anglophone activists. Cameroon media say that angry business owners blocked from entering their shops gathered outside the market, the site of weekly boycotts in what is…

UN envoy appeals for an end to Cameroon political crisis

UN envoy François Louncény Fall has called on the government of Cameroon and Anglophone community leaders to work together in finding a lasting solution to the country’s political crisis. Fall, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, was in Yaoundé this week for a series of meetings. They…

Cameroon: Trial again adjourned in Anglophone activist case

In troubled Cameroon, the trial of prominent lawyer and human rights activist Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla has again been adjourned after a Thursday appearance before a military tribunal in Yaounde. Agbor-Balla, leader of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, was arrested in January when the government under President Paul Biya outlawed the…

Cameroon: Lawyers call for justice in Anglophone activist trial

More than 120 lawyers in Cameroon crowded into a Yaounde courtroom in support of a colleague who faces the death penalty on charges connected with his human rights activities, following his January arrest as leader of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. Despite the political tensions between them, both Anglophone and…

Activists: Cameroon lawyer protests reflect wider social injustices

As Cameroon’s ongoing demonstrations escalated in Bamenda this week, another round of clashes erupted between security forces, and the lawyers groups, teachers and citizens joining them who demand changes to the historic Anglophone systems. The violent demonstrations followed protests in early November, in the cities of Bamenda, Buea and Limbe,…