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e-2435

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Canada and Cameroon, two of the few English-French bilingual countries in the world, have nearly 60 years of direct diplomatic and development relations with over $1 billion in Canadian bilateral official development assistance provided to Cameroon since the 1960s;
  • In 2016, peaceful demonstrations in Anglophone Cameroon were met with violence by Cameroonian security forces, sparking the three-year, ongoing Anglophone Crisis;
  • Since 2016, rights groups in Canada and Cameroon have documented hundreds of serious human rights abuses, including crimes against humanity, in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions:
  • At least 3,000 people have been killed and more than 200 villages have been burned:
  • Over 650,000 citizens have been displaced, due to violence perpetrated by both Cameroon military and non-state armed groups; and
  • Because of the Crisis, more than 800,000 children have been unable to go to school for nearly four years.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Publicly condemn the violence and human rights abuses perpetrated by all sides in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon; and
2. Put direct and sustained diplomatic pressure on the Government of Cameroon to engage in meaningful negotiations for peace, mediated by an independent third party (such as the proposed Swiss talks).

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