16, October 2019
The leadership of the Southern Cameroons Interim Government has reminded Yaoundé that summary executions of Ambazonia civilians carried out by Cameroon government army soldiers constitute a war crime and that the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime is deemed responsible.
Vice President Dabney Yerima made the comments recently during a trip to Manchester in England and observed that the Ambazonia Interim Government was in the process of assembling pieces of video footages showing summary executions carried out by troops loyal to the Biya regime in French Cameroun.
Dabney Yerima told reporters in Manchester that the footages, many of which have been widely shared on social media, appears to show Cameroon government soldiers filming themselves capturing and executing several innocent Southern Cameroons civilians.
The Southern Cameroons exiled leader noted that Yaoundé-backed militias operating inside Southern Cameroons have been committing unspeakable atrocities against women and children. Comrade Yerima further pointed out that the African Union, the EU including the UN have turned a blind eye on the sufferings of the Ambazonian people.
Under international law, summary executions are serious violations, and amounts to a war crime. The Ambazonia second-in-command stressed that Biya and his French Cameroun political elites are responsible for all the crimes committed by the Cameroon government military and their affiliated armed militias.
Dabney Yerima called on the United Nations and the European Union to immediately launch an impartial, transparent and independent investigation into the crisis in Southern Cameroons and force Yaounde to apprehend soldiers responsible for atrocious crimes, some of whom should be easily identifiable from the video footages they themselves shared on social media.
By Chi Prudence Asong in Manchester