Members of Britain’s Parliament tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons February 2, on the ongoing conflict in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon.
The motion was tabled in the 2019-21 session and 16 Members have signed it. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.
2021 started with little hope for calm in Cameroon’s restive English Speaking regions as violence, insecurity and fighting has continued.
The UN estimates that the four-year-long conflict has killed about 4000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
The motion says;
“That this House is deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict in Cameroon’s north west and south west regions; condemns the deliberate and continued killings of innocent civilians and grave violations against children since the start of the conflict in 2016; sends its sincerest condolences to all those who have tragically lost loved ones as a result; notes that according to The International Crisis Group and the UN over 4,000 people have been killed, 765,000 people displaced, and four million people have been affected by the humanitarian crisis and that around 800,000 children are out of school; further notes that the Norwegian Refugee Council declared the conflict in Cameroon as the most neglected crisis on the planet for the second year running; urges the UK Government to publicly condemn the violence and bring to light all crimes and injustices; calls on the UK Government to work with its global partners and use all diplomatic means at its disposal to assist in de-escalating the violence and resolving the underlying conflicts including using diplomatic measures to encourage all sides to call a temporary cessation of military activities and to participate in inclusive peace talks mediated by an impartial third party; and further calls on the UK Government to ensure that people affected by the humanitarian crisis receive adequate support and aid.”
Early Day Motions are used to draw the British Parliament’s attention to an issue.