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e-2063 (Cameroon)

Initiated by Patrick Wanko Tchapdié from Trois-Rivières, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Canada is committed to individual rights and freedoms;
  • Given the increasing restrictions on human rights in Cameroon by President Biya’s government, now in power for more than three decades;
  • Given the government’s violent policy of having the army and police open fire on civilians;
  • Given the several years of deadly repression of the English-speaking populations, repeatedly condemned by organizations such as Amnesty International while the situation continues to deteriorate unabated;
  • Given the tens of thousands of Cameroonian refugees in neighbouring countries and the hundreds of thousands of UN-recognized internally displaced persons due to the growing number of conflict zones;
  • Given the worsening of already complex crises following the disputed presidential elections in October 2018;
  • Given the massive and targeted extrajudicial arrest and imprisonment of peaceful, non-violent demonstrators;
  • Given the exacerbating hate speech and calls for genocide even in private and public media by political figures, including ministers; and
  • Given the immense cruelty that many people around the world may have suffered as a result of the inaction or wait-and-see approach taken by policymakers.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to take the appropriate action and act diligently to:
1) Condemn all human rights violations against civilian populations in Cameroon; and
2) Prevent any human catastrophe that may be perpetrated by the Cameroonian government.
Government response tabled on August 21, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-262-01)
Open for signature
February 21, 2019, at 3:03 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 23, 2019, at 3:03 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Tracey Ramsey (Essex)
June 20, 2019 (Petition No. 421-04809)
Government response tabled
August 21, 2019
Photo - Hélène Laverdière
New Democratic Party Caucus
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