Standoff at Bamenda market a sign of rising Cameroon tensions

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…

Cameroon shuts down Amnesty International media event

Cameroon shuts down Amnesty International media event

An Amnesty International press conference planned in Cameroon was shut down by security agents on Wednesday, although the human rights organization says it complied with prior notification laws ahead of the event. Managers at the hotel  in Yaoundé, where the Amnesty meeting was planned, were told by officials to shut…

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…

Cameroon citizens join lawyers’ protest in streets of Bamenda

Lawyers in Cameroon occupied the court complex in Bamenda on Tuesday, demanding that their voices be heard in the ongoing battle over education and legal reforms. The protesting lawyers were met with a heavy security-force presence in and around the court building, the Cameroon Concord reports. Local media accounts also…

Cameroon train death toll at 80 as families search for victims

As Cameroon marked a national day of mourning on Monday, the death toll following Friday’s CamRail train derailment rose to at least 80 people. Transport Minister Edgar Mebe’Ngo’o told local media outlets that the fatalities are expected to rise again, given critical injuries in some of the 600-plus people who…