WCA pleads with political detainees to call off hunger strike in Kondengui Prison
The West Cameroon Association(WCA)is aware that some detainees from West Cameroon, who have been incarcerated in prison by the government of La République du Cameroun(LRC) for more than 7 months in connection with the Anglophone crisis and without any evidence provided, have gone on hunger strike to protest against their continuous detention without a trial.
In spite of the harsh and inhumane prison conditions, and the draconian and oppressive style of the government of LRC, who have shown no interest or willingness to comprehensively address the fundamental legitimate grievances of the Anglophones of West Cameroon, and given the known and documented evidence of their extreme human rights abuses and the brutality with which peaceful protests have been repressed to date, WCA pleads with the detainees to call off the hunger strike, as there are serious concerns for their health and wellbeing.
WCA is seriously concerned about the health and well-being of these detainees and acknowledges and supports their legitimate protest, but would encourage them to stay fit and well until a solution to the problem is achieved.
WCA reiterates its position that only a 2-state federation with devolved administrative powers of governance to the people of West Cameroon, constitutionally guaranteeing their rights and freedoms as a minority, will avert the country from plunging into a severe crisis that risks engulfing the whole region thus resulting in a major international catastrophe.
WCA calls on President Paul Biya to act now by unconditionally releasing these detainees and the leaders of the Civil Society Consortium and to begin dialogue on the form of the state as the best long term solution to the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon.
The WCA is a Think Tank and a collective of English-speaking Cameroonians based in Cameroon and the Diaspora.
The West Cameroon Association,