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UN Rights Chief raises alarm over worsening Anglophone Crisis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mechelle Bachelet has expressed renewed concern over the worsening crisis in the English speaking regions of Cameroon.

 Speaking  yesterday Tuesday September 11, during the 39th session of Human rights council in Geneva, Switzerland, which run from 10 – 28 September 2018, Bachelet warned that the current situation is getting to deteriorating levels.

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According to the world’s Human rights diplomat, the situation requires urgent and immediate attention. She added that Yaoundé has failed to take the lead in ensuring a resolution to the crisis.

 She equally lamented over the economic, social and educational impact of hostilities that have characterised the crisis. The human rights commissioner slammed the government forces and separatists, over condemning attacks on teachers and students.

 The UN Human Rights Boss noted with dismay that the situation in Cameroon has worsened in recent months, as fighting has been intensified between security forces and separatists.

 She said over 180,000 people have been forced to take refuge far from their homes. These victims of the crisis the UN Commissioner noted are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

 “Many economic activities in the North West and South West are now paralyzed, amidst unstable security context and many people fear reprisals if they participate in the Presidential elections scheduled next month”, Michelle Bachelet decried.

 The UN Human Rights Chief also regretted that the Cameroon Government has failed to act and to promote the conference on dialogue suggested by religious leaders.

She averred that, there is still no mechanism in place which could lead to a halt in hostilities in the short term.

 She condemned reports of the killing and abductions by armed groups. Bachelet acknowledged investigations into crimes apparently committed by members of the military, and urged swift and effective action to ensure that all the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable.

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