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Between Anglophone and Francophone Cameroon

A Marriage in Good and Due Form or a Live-in Partnership in International Law?

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
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  • 1 PhD in Public Law, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon, fobineric@yahoo.fr
  • | 2 PhD in Public Law, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon, veranchotu@yahoo.com
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Abstract

In 2016, the reputation for stability of the Republic of Cameroon, a state made up of Francophones that constitute the majority (three quarters of the population of 25000000) and Anglophones that constitute a minority abruptly came an end when Anglophone secessionists took up arms to fight for the independence of the former Southern Cameroons. It was no surprise to keen observers of the Cameroon political scene in the last decades, If the government of the day is determined to give what it will take to keep the country united, the secessionists are equally convinced of the rectitude of their cause which they base on the principle of self-determination in international law, contesting the legality of the UN-organised plebiscite of!961 that led to the Reunification of the country. This paper assesses the legality of the claims of the protagonists for better information of all the stakeholders in the ongoing conflict..

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