The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has just asked the Cameroonian government to launch an “independent” investigation into Bamenda’s police violence during the peaceful demonstrations on 8 December.
“We call on the Cameroonian government to ensure that an independent and effective rapid investigation is carried out on reports that the police used excessive force during a demonstration in Bamenda on 8 December, During which four people were reportedly killed, “writes Liz Throssell, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Several cases of police violence have been reported during the recent demonstrations in the Anglophone regions of the country.
The police are accused of using “excessive” force against unarmed peaceful demonstrators protesting against the use of French in the courts and schools.
The said violence would have resulted in the death of several people. From a government source, two people died, from “unknown” causes. Community sources and eyewitnesses say that four people were “killed by the police“.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the Cameroonian authorities to respect Cameroon’s international commitments on respect for human rights.
24 hours earlier, it is Amnesty International, which called on the Cameroonian government to open an “independent investigation“, on the same grievances.