Cameroon / by Michelle Ryan

English-speaking residents of Anglophone cities stayed home from work and school for a week to protest the dominance of the French language in Cameroon. A Cameroon civil society urged Anglophone regions to continue to protest against the marginalisation of English speakers. The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) President and Secretary General, were arrested by the Cameroonian government on 17 January, as well as hundreds of its supporters. Cameroon shut down internet access to English-speaking regions following protests and strikes by its residents. A radio station in an English-speaking region was shut down, after accusations of civil disobedience in a call-in show discussing strikes in the region. Complaints of human rights abuses by the WWF in Cameroon will be investigated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD). A helicopter crash near the Nigerian border claimed the life of a Cameroonian General. The World Bank predicts Cameroon’s economy will grow by 5.7 per cent in 2017.

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