Legal Defense Fund

Protest march in US Mar 19, 2016

The pen is mightier than the sword. The fight for equality, justice, humane treatment, protection of our rights ...

In 1839, Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote "The pen is mightier than the sword". The fight for equality, justice, humane treatment, protection of our rights in our ancestral homes, are all legal battles, which at times are costly.

The people of Northwest and Southwest of Cameroon have tried for over 56 years to redress the legal ills that have befallen them, after reluctantly "joining" La République du Cameroun in 1961. When the non-violent protests started oncemore in 2017, the goal of the people was hardly to pressure for a revisitation of the 1961 "reunification" of Southern Cameroons and La République du Cameroun. 

After trying to address the immediate issues of the day related to provisions safeguarding the educational and common law interests of the people of these regions within the country, it became apparent that the government of La République du Cameroun was being half-hearted in its attempt to resolve these long outstanding issues. When the leaders of the teachers and common law unions recommended that they revisit the federal structure of goverment which had explicit guarantees and protections for the English-speaking minorities, the goverment jailed all leaders and cut off the Internet for 3 months to restrict access to information.

There are hundreds of men and women in jails and prisons today who need representation and freedom. There are thousands of women, children and men who have been unfairly treated, beaten, maimed, tortured. These injustices must be addressed and repaired. There are thousands of people who have fled the country and who are working day and night to provide legal and diplomatic support to efforts to resolve this decades-old problem in the Cameroons.

Your assistance today will go a long way to help alleviate these expenses. 100% of your donation goes to support on-the-ground financial needs and we promise to be responsible and accountable stewards of your generous donation.

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