UN calls on Cameroon to address Anglophone crisis

UN calls on Cameroon to address Anglophone crisis

The United Nations human rights office said Tuesday it is increasingly concerned over the violence in Cameroon, and said it stands ready to help the West African nation deal with its crisis. “We continue to receive reports of abductions and killings by armed groups, as well as extrajudicial killings by…

UNICEF calls for release of abducted students in Cameroon

UNICEF calls for release of abducted students in Cameroon

The United Nations agency for children is calling for the immediate release of more than 80 people, including students, abducted from a school in one of Cameroon’s Anglophone regions late Sunday. The overnight attack at a Presbyterian school in the Nkwen district of Bamenda was confirmed by government spokesman Issa…

U.S. officials confirm death of missionary in Cameroon

The fighting in Cameroon’s northwest region claimed the life of an American missionary on Tuesday, just two weeks after he arrived with his family in the West Africa conflict zone. Charles Trumann Wesco, 44, was rushed to a hospital in Bamenda after he was shot in the head near Bambui….

Facebook reveals ‘elections war room’ to combat fake news

The social media giant Facebook has come under heavy fire for its admitted failures to protect user privacy, to prevent “fake news” on its platform that influences elections or hate speech that fuels unrest. That’s been true in the United States and Europe, and notably in Myanmar where misinformation has…

Crackdown in Cameroon ahead of Monday election announcement

Tensions ran high in troubled Cameroon on Sunday as the national election commission, ELECAM, prepared to announce on Monday the final result of the October 7 presidential election. ELECAM has 15 days from the poll closing to report final results according to Cameroon law, and the last of 18 legal challenges…

Cameroon awaits election results with Biya win rumored

Cameroon’s national election commission, ELECAM, submitted its final report Monday on the October 7 presidential election vote to the country’s constitutional council, but there are still no official results released. ELECAM has 15 days from the poll closing to report final results according to Cameroon law. That’s leaving a window to…

There’s still no word on election results in tense Cameroon

There are still no official results in Cameroon’s presidential election, with the latest word from ELECAM — the West African nation’s electoral commission — reiterating that under the country’s constitution they have 15 days from the closing of Sunday’s polls to report the results. That’s kept tensions high in a nation that, for…

Cameroon’s two-year crisis approaches a critical threshold

Amnesty International says its experts have verified two videos from Cameroon’s Anglophone regions that, two years after peaceful protests were met by military force under President Paul Biya, now demonstrate escalating violence in the West African nation. The first video shows the decapitation and mutilation of a gendarme, presented by…

At least 160 inmates free after Cameroon prison attack

In Cameroon, more than 160 prisoners escaped early Sunday after a group of armed men attacked the Ndop prison, released its inmates and set fire to the facility in the country’s troubled northwest Anglophone region. The national media agency in Cameroon said that a group they identified as armed secessionists…

France appeals for dialogue to resolve Cameroon crisis

The French government on Thursday said it remains concerned about the political crisis in Cameroon, but did not announce any specific initiatives to engage in mediating the conflict between President Paul Biya’s government, and the opposition activists and separatists from its Anglophone regions. “We are closely monitoring the situation in…

UNHCR: Cameroon needs to protect Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon continues to return Nigerian refugees and asylum seekers entering the country’s far north region in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says is a violation of the international principle of non-refoulement. Some 385 Nigerians have been forcibly returned by the Cameroonian government, despite the fact that…

At least 15 African athletes now missing from Australia games

Authorities in Australia say the Commonwealth Games are over, but there’s still no trace of what is now at least 15 African athletes from five different countries who have disappeared without contacting their teams. The latest departure, according to The Australian, is Denyse Mutatsimpundu, a beach volleyball player from Rwanda…