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04 October 2019

Biya orders release of Anglophone crisis prisoners

The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, has ordered the release of three hundred and thirty-three prisoners who had been detained in connection with an Anglophone separatist rebellion.

A statement from the president said he had decided to stop their prosecution in the military courts.

It was read out by a government official at a major conference that was trying to resolve the conflict which over the last three years had left thousands dead and five hundred thousand people displaced.

In October twenty-seventeen, activists declared autonomy over the two regions, a move rejected by President Biya.

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