Cameroon – Human Rights: “No official notification has been given to us of the ban on our press conference” – Alioune Tine (Amnesty International)

Written by Deckson N.

The head of this International NGO for West and Central Africa says that his organization has respected all the previous legal procedures.

Early on 25 May 2017 on Radio Equinoxe, Amnesty International reacted to the ban on its press conference the previous day in Yaoundé. Its director for Central and West Africa Alioune Tine, regretted the banning measure of the Cameroonian authorities. “This is the first time for us to experience such an experience here in Yaoundé. We have come here several times to make press conferences without problems. The day before yesterday, we were given permission to go and visit the detainees and talk to them. So we are surprised because simply to hand over 312,000 petitions, messages that Amnesty International has collected around the world, asking the president to release young students including Ivo and his two friends. We see absolutely nothing that could constitute an event to disturb public order here in Cameroon. That’s why we really regret this ban, “said the head of the NGO based in London.

Alioune Tine swears that “all the procedures, all the legal procedures have been respected” and indicates that no official notification has been served to his delegation. Still less a reason for banning the planned press conference. Alioune Tine expresses “a deep regret that we feel in the face of the events of yesterday“. Speaking of the subject of his arrival in Cameroon, he explains that the young people condemned in first instance by Cameroonian justice “are not Muslims“. He minimizes the facts they are accused of by speaking of “schoolkid jokes” made by young people from a country that “is nevertheless a country of humor!

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