Detention and military tribunal ruling on civilians in Cameroon

Who we wrote to

Paul Biya, president of the Republic of Cameroon.

What’s the issue

We're very concerned about the arrest and detention of the lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, president of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) on 17 January 2017.

Agbor Balla was arrested together with Fontem Aforteka’A Neba, a university professor, leader of a teacher’s union and secretary general of CACSC, in Buea and transported to Yaoundé.

We understand that both were arrested without a warrant and without being informed of the reason for their arrest.

We understand that Paul Ayah Abine, deputy attorney general of the Supreme Court of Cameroon, was arrested at his house on 21 January 2017 in Yaoundé, without an arrest warrant and without being informed of the reason for his arrest.

Three other civilians have been arrested and detained:

  • Sokem Ngale Mborh, the attorney general for the South West Region
  • Mancho Bibixy, a radio show host
  • Mr Penn, a staff member of a secondary school and member of the teachers’ union

What we asked for

We request the relevant authorities to:

  • release the victims (to the extent that their arrest was arbitrary)
  • make sure that their conditions in detention are in line with international and regional human rights standards
  • make sure that the detained persons are tried before an ordinary court, and not a military tribunal

Timeline

17 January 2017 – Agbor Balla was arrested together with Fontem Aforteka'A Neba in Buea and transported to Yaoundé

21 January 2017 – Paul Ayah Abine was arrested at his house in Yaoundé