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Title:Paradoxes of internationalisation of the anglophone problem in Cameroon
Author:Anyefru, EmmanuelISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Volume:28
Issue:1
Pages:85-101
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:English language
minority groups
government policy
international law
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589000903542624
Abstract:Historically it is not strange that the anglophone elites in Cameroon took their case to the international community, since this was a strategy that they also employed during the British colonial period. A number of petitions and constant visits were made to the United Nations (UN) by anglophone elites concerning British neglect of their territory. These petitions were made in the form of presentations before the United Nations in New York or whenever there was a visiting UN mission to the trust territory. Nonetheless, since the early 1990s, the pattern of petitions has changed drastically. Petitions against the new State are different from those earlier petitions against colonialism. The aim of the petitions against the new State has been to draw the attention of the UN and the international community to the injustices inflicted upon minority English-speaking Cameroonians by the ruling government. The anglophone elites believe that, by making their plight known to the international community, the latter might intervene to restore the statehood of Southern Cameroons. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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