The Law Society is concerned about the arrest and detention of Mr. Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Mr. Fontem Aforteka’A Neba, Mr Paul Ayah Abine and Mr. Mancho Bibixy, and others, about possible violations of their right to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and physical integrity, as well as their right to a fair trial.
The Law Society is very concerned about the recent arrest and detention of the lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, President of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) on 17 January 2017.
On the same date, Mr Agbor Balla was arrested together with Mr. Fontem Aforteka’A Neba, a university professor, leader of a teacher’s union and Secretary General of CACSC, in Buea and transported to Yaoundé.
We understand that Mr Paul Ayah Abine, Deputy Attorney General of the Supreme Court of Cameroon, was arrested at his house on 21 January 2017 in Yaoundé, without an arrest warrant and without being informed of the reason for his arrest.
Mr. Sokem Ngale Mborh, the Attorney General for the South West Region, Mr. Mancho Bibixy, a radio show host, and Mr Penn, a staff member of a secondary school and member of the teachers’ union, have also been arrested and detained.
The Law Society respectfully requested relevant authorities to release the victims (to the extent that their arrest was arbitrary), to ensure that their conditions in detention are in line with international and regional human rights standards, and to ensure that the detained persons are tried before an ordinary court, and not a military tribunal.
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