The Founder and President of Cameroon Human Rights for Democracy in Africa (CHRDA), Barrister Felix Agbor Balla, is reporting that massive arrests of young men allegedly took place this morning in Buea, the capital city of the restive south west region of Cameroon. Eyewitnesses have collaborated the story. They say, the forces of the Republic of Cameroon invaded the neighborhood, pull university students from their hostel rooms and took them in ‘slave like’ chains to local police station in Molyko, Buea.

For over two years, violence has increased in almost all towns and villages of the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. Several people have been killed, wounded, tortured and illegally detained. While hundreds of thousands are now displaced, many more gone missing or unaccounted for. House of civilians have been burnt down by a trained military, and there are a number of documented cases of human rights abuses.

This week, the separatists (clearly supported by a huge portion of civilians in the Anglophone regions of the country) have called for a locked down this week to protests the imprisonment of their leader Sessikou Ayuk Tabe and his team of 9.

The current unrest started following a peaceful strike organized by English-speaking (common law) lawyers and teacher’s trade unions. The civil society later joined the strike.  Today, it is an armed conflict and as the UN warns, there must be a peaceful dialogue on the root causes.

It must be noted that many experts have suggested that President Paul Biya, who has been in power for more than 50 years (37 as President), should be more engaged and take necessary measures to stop the killings immediately.

Many have proposed that for peace to reign, President Paul Biya:

1. Must call for a cease fire on both sides,

2. Release ALL political prisoners (jailed as a result of the crisis),

3. Call for an ALL INCLUSIVE dialogue or negotiations between both parties, and

4. Allow peace keeping mission to carryout independent investigations in these areas.

All measures must be taken to put pressure on the 86 year old President to “STOP HUMAN KILLING”.