Cameroon: Political Prisoners

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the continued imprisonment of Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and nine other members of the Southern Cameroon’s Liberation Movement on the likelihood of a successful peace process in Cameroon; and what representations they have made for the release of those imprisoned without due process of civilian law in Cameroon.

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The British High Commissioner in Yaoundé has repeatedly raised the status of political prisoners in discussions with the Government of Cameroon. The British High Commission has been part of successful efforts to negotiate access to lawyers and family members for political prisoners and we continue to call for due process to be followed for all those in detention. We note reports that Mr Tabe and the Government of Cameroon have been engaged in direct talks, held outside of prison, about the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions. We urge all parties to support credible peacebuilding efforts and to remain engaged in the ongoing Swiss-led efforts to facilitate talks.

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