1. Home
  2. Africa
  3. West Africa
  4. Cameroon
  • News

Pro-independence activists released

Six members of a pro-independence movement were released after 14 months in detention, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

The men, all members of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC), were charged with high treason for declaring English-speaking southwest independent and hoisting a flag.

Cameroon became a “United Republic” in May 1972 after a referendum voted down the 11-year federation, divided into French-speaking and English-speaking provinces. In 1982, “an Anglophone problem” arose when current President Paul Biya removed the word “United” from Cameroon’s official name. The SCNC objected to this because it said the new name failed to reflect the entity of the country, a Cameroonian political analyst told IRIN on Tuesday. Since then the SCNC has been demanding independence for the southwest.


This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

Share this article
Join the discussion

Hundreds of thousands of readers trust The New Humanitarian each month for quality journalism that contributes to more effective, accountable, and inclusive ways to improve the lives of people affected by crises.

Our award-winning stories inform policymakers and humanitarians, demand accountability and transparency from those meant to help people in need, and provide a platform for conversation and discussion with and among affected and marginalised people.

We’re able to continue doing this thanks to the support of our donors and readers like you who believe in the power of independent journalism. These contributions help keep our journalism free and accessible to all.

Show your support as we build the future of news media by becoming a member of The New Humanitarian. 

Become a member of The New Humanitarian

Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. Help us deliver informative, accessible, independent journalism that you can trust and provides accountability to the millions of people affected by crises worldwide.

Join