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Cameroon: Release of Kamto, several other detainees must signal end of repression of dissenting voices – Amnesty International

Paul Biya of Cameroon

Following a military court decision to release some opposition members in Cameroon, Samira Daoud Amnesty International Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa said:

 

“President Paul Biya’s announcement to end the prosecutions of opposition leader Maurice Kamto and several of his supporters is a welcome step towards ending the long repression of dissenting voices in Cameroon.

 

“The move follows an earlier presidential statement this week of the release of 333 people from the Anglophone regions.

 

“At last Kamto, his supporters, eight youths arrested for a Facebook live and many others arbitrarily detained for months have the opportunity to reunite with their families and loved ones. But now the authorities should go further by releasing all other individuals arbitrarily detained for having exercised their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and set up clear steps to protect and respect human rights.”

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