Yaounde (National Times)-The Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) have backed the European Union (EU) resolution, calling on the international community to intervene in Cameroon’s multiple challenges despite the plethora of condemnations from the government and its allies of the stance.
“The global PGA network calls all relevant bodies of the international community to take action to restore democracy and human rights under the Rule of Law in Cameroon,” the statement published on April 19 read.
PGA also argued that the independence of the judiciary has been breached in Cameroon and urged the government to respect the autonomy of Judges – “In particular, PGA calls upon the African Union, the United Nations, and all partners of Cameroon including the European Union…to request the Government of Cameroon to refrain from interfering with the Independence and autonomy of Judges and Prosecutors.”
While ending her message, the President of PGA exalted the Biya regime to immediately release all political prisoners especially Maurice Kamto and open dialogue with minority groups and opponents.
“I urge the Presidency of the Republic and all the constitutional actors in the Republic of Cameroon to open a new phase of peaceful dialogue with the political opposition and minority groups with the view of bringing about democratic renewal for the benefit of all peoples, communities and individuals living in Cameroon.
The immediate liberation of Prof. Maurice Kamto would be a clear demonstration that the Republic of Cameroon is ready to be a peaceful and trusted partner of the international community in the joint struggle for peace, democracy, sustainable development and human right under the Rule of Law,” Margareta Cederfelt of Sweden said.
The PGA is a global nonprofit nonpartisan parliamentary network regrouping over 1,300 legislators from over 140 legislative assemblies around the world. It aims at promoting democracy, rule of law, human rights, peace gender issues and many others. It was founded in 1978 in Washington DC. Even though its resolution are not binding it weighs so much influence on global politics and maintains a track record with most agencies of the United Nations.
Cameroon through the Minister of Communication, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril president of the National Assembly, Marcel Niat Njifenji, president of the senate, Cameroonian born Roger Nkodo Dang president of the Pan African Parliament, Hounorable Bappoh Lipot scribe of the UPC party and Issa Tchiroma Bakary, president of the CNSF party has hit back at the EU parliament’s action.