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Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: “There shall be no fruitful negotiation without the release of detainees” – Nico Halle

Written by Deckson N.

The lawyer is concerned about the evolution of the situation almost seven months after the beginning of the crisis.

Efforts have been made, but they remain insufficient. This is the message of Barrister Nico Halle. The President of the General Assembly of the Cameroon Bar Association, in La Nouvelle Expression (LNE), published on 8 May 2017, gives his opinion on the evolution of the socio-political crisis in the North-West and South-West For about 7 months.

The man of law welcomes the measures announced and put forward by the government as a sign of response to certain demands. Notably the restoration of the internet. “We must welcome Paul Biya‘s attention and this simply indicates the desire to find solutions for a way out of the crisis,” he said.

Barrister Halle fears, however, that these measures are insufficient to bring about calm and appeasement. “All the discussions that will be conducted so far without the total release of all those who have been put in prison without exception, are doomed to failure,” adds the lawyer.

From his point of view, the solution is simple: “a halt to all prosecution. The President of the Republic alone can order the unconditional release of all detainees, which will allow all the actors hidden or in exile to return to dialogue. And if this seems complicated, President Biya can also introduce a bill ordering to sign the general amnesty to all those who are prosecuted in this case. It must be done in the June session of 2017.  “

It is not a question of weakening the state, he says. “Freeing these people does not mean to take away the authority of the state. On the contrary, it is for the preservation of peace without which no nation can truly be built.

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