Human Rights & Humanitarian Services Department
The Department of Human Rights and Humanitarian Services (DHHS) is erected in accordance with Chapter 15 of the Charter of the Ambazonia Governing Council. The DHHS is responsible for:
- Holding all parties in the Ambazonia liberation struggle accountable to their obligations under universal human rights norms and international human rights instruments;
- Promoting greater respect for human rights during the liberation of Ambazonia, in the Constitution of Ambazonia, and in the foundational establishment of the Ambazonia sovereign state;
- Promoting the rule of law, seeking accountability, and defending the human rights of victims of human rights abuses;
- Engaging with human rights institutions locally and globally to promote the human rights of Ambazonians, eliminate the Camerounian culture of impunity, and assist global efforts to reform and strengthen the capacity of human rights institutions across the world;
- Forging and maintaining partnerships with organizations, governments, and multilateral institutions committed to human rights in the freedom of Ambazonia and its people, and the reign of human rights in Ambazonia and across the world;
- Investigating human rights issues, learning the truth and state the facts; and
- Providing assistance to refugees and promote the wellbeing of children and families
Since the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya declared war on Ambazonia on November 30, 2017, over sixty thousand Ambazonians have fled for safety into Nigeria, Ghana, Europe and the USA. The needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety are on the rise everyday.
Internally Displaced Persons
The United Nations reports that 4.5 million people are affected by the Ambazonian War of Independence and more than 450,000 persons are internally displaced. The Norwegian Refugee Council has documented that over 780,000 children are out of school, displaced by the ongoing conflict with many hiding in the bushes, running away from killings by Cameroon soldiers.
Human Rights Reports and Publications
Human Rights Watch report – Events of 2018
U.S. Cuts Military Aid to Cameroon over Human Rights Abuses
Violence and Human Rights Violations – Report by Amnesty International
Scorched Earth: Cameroon Burns Down Houses and Neighborhoods in Ambazonia
Cameroon Military kills babies in Ambazonia
Thousands of Ambazonians are locked up in multiple detention centers in Cameroon for standing up to the right of the Ambazonian people under international law to self-determination.
The Cameroon military has kidnapped many others on the streets going about their daily businesses. They are locked in various detention centers including New Bell prison in Douala, SED in Yaounde, maximum security detention prison in Kondengui, Yaoundé, Central prison in Bamenda, Central Prison in Buea, and multiple detention areas in Bafoussam.
Prominent among the political prisoners and human rights advocates detained in Kondengui are Adepke Benjamin Tantoh, Tassang, Wilfred Njimgang Nelson, Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, Teke Rene, Nfor Ngalla Nfor, Mbuh Sedrick, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, Nkwo Beltus, Dr. Henry Kimeng, Owan Betrand, Dr. Cornelius Kwanga, Itoe Henry, Barrister Eyambe Elias, and Ayomkpe Henry. These were all abducted in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2018 by the Nigerian military and handed to the Cameroon government despite the fact that they were refugees or had pending asylum cases for political protection under international law.