AGC Conveners Request Amnesty For Political Detainees

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By Njodzeka Danhatu

Conveners of the Anglophone General Conference, AGC, have implored the Cameroon Government to grant amnesty to political prisoners and those detained in line with the Anglophone Crisis.

Meeting in Buea recently at the Presbyterian Synod Office under the leadership of, His Eminence, Cardinal Christian Tumi, the clergies expressed worry on the recent revolts of inmates in Yaounde and Buea prisons over what was described as “deteriorating prison conditions.”

These revolts reportedly resulted in the killing and disappearance of some prisoners, The Post reported.

“The conveners expressed shock and dismay at the recent revolts of inmates at the Yaounde and Buea prisons which conveners understand were occasioned by excruciatingly inhuman detention conditions and indefensible lengthy detention without trial,” the AGC media release reads.

The religious leaders also lamented on the number of issues plaguing the country as a consequence of the Anglophone Crisis, among which are; prolonged school closure in Northwest and Southwest Regions, displacement of thousands of Anglophones, sexual violence against women and destruction of property by both the military and ‘Amba’ Fighters.

While welcoming the Southwest and Northwest women task force onboard, the AGC conveners said, the existing crisis must be handled and led by Cameroonians in seeking a long-lasting solution and peace. They equally saluted any initiative from external bodies in resolving the Anglophone Crisis which started in 2016 and later escalated into an armed conflict.

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