Southern Cameroons: Bail Granted - Yet Activists Remain Jailed
As a result, detainees will remain jailed in Bamenda central prison without charge until official bail orders are signed.
Five previous delays in bail hearings have already resulted in a 52 day detention period for UNPO Member Representative
Previous attempts at bail hearings have been adjourned due to the lacking presence of key individuals, including those responsible for ordering the arrests and the presiding judges themselves.
Reports received indicate that a large number of SCNC-members are under surveillance by the Cameroonian authorities. Moreover, when journalists, human rights activists and representatives of civil society came to the oft re-scheduled proceedings, they were repeatedly deterred from entering even the Court premises.
Reports indicate Tantoh Simon Nshukwi, who has been assigned a different magistrate from the one slated to conduct bail hearings for Nfor Ngala Nfor and the other SCNC representatives, was not granted bail, as his assigned magistrate failed for a second time to appear in court.
The reasons for the prolonged detention is seen by many as a means to keep the SCNC Members detained as a means not only to bring their legitimate activities to a standstill, but also to act as a means of deterrence to other parts of civil society to discourage voices of dissent and intimidate those campaigning for human rights in
UNPO seriously questions the judicial proceedings of the
With the ongoing developments in this case being yet another display of the repressive character of the current regime, UNPO continues calls for an end to the impunity of cases where legitimate activities are met with heavy-handed, often armed, responses and works to bring to the attention of the international community the use of arbitrary arrests and intimidation as a tool of repression, against amongst others the Southern Cameroons National Council.
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