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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the human rights situation in Cameroon

23.11.2021 - (2021/2983(RSP))

with request for inclusion in the agenda for a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 144 of the Rules of Procedure

Dominique Bilde, Roman Haider
on behalf of the ID Group

Procedura : 2021/2983(RSP)
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European Parliament resolution on the human rights situation in Cameroon


The European Parliament,

  having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 16 December 1966, which Cameroon adhered to,[1]


  having regard to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 10 December 1984, which Cameroon adhered to,[2]


  having regard to European Parliament resolution of 18 April 2019,


– having regard to Rules 144 of its Rules of procedures,


A. whereas Cameroon is 80% French-speaking and 20% English-speaking, but the South-West and North-West provinces (the "English-speaking provinces"), where most of the country's hydrocarbon reserves are located, are predominantly English-speaking and the Cameroonian political system has emphasized decentralization since 1996;


B.  whereas on October 11, 2016, a lawyers' strike agitated the English-speaking Provinces and in 2017, an "Ambazonia government" proclaimed itself independent;


C. Whereas, even before the Great National Dialogue of 2019, Cameroon introduced numerous reforms, such as a National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, created on January 23, 2017, the recruitment of English-speaking magistrates and professors and the opening of a Common Law section in the Supreme Court and the National School of Administration and Magistracy, and furthermore, the English-speaking Provinces were given a special status in 2019 and regional elections were held on December 6 ;[3][4]


1.  condemns all acts of torture committed by any of the belligerent groups and urges on Cameroon to investigate such acts;


2.  notes the attempts at mediation, notably by the Vatican and Switzerland, but regrets the non-participation in the dialogue of separatist representatives of the English-speaking Provinces, some of whom live abroad, notably in the United States, on the grounds that they are exclusively seeking independence ;


3.    Expresses concern regarding Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa’s ramping up ("Islamist Groups") attacks in the Far North Province ("Far North"), where they have increased by 90% in 2020, stresses that the Far North "saw more Boko Haram attacks on civilians in 2020 than Nigeria, Niger and Chad combined," praises Cameroon's effectiveness against these Islamist groups, and encourages Cameroon and the Multinational Joint Task Force to continue this fight and Western powers, particularly France and the United States to support them ;[5]


4.  is alarmed at the number of internally displaced persons, which has reached 1,052,591, welcomes Cameroon's hosting of 333,409 Central African refugees and 118,996 Nigerian refugees in 2021, and urges Cameroon and the states concerned to provide lasting solutions in the region for displaced persons;[6]


5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the European Commission, the High Representative/Vice-President of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the competent Cameroonian authorities.



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