A United Nations human rights group has demanded the release of detained opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, as well as hundreds of his supporters who were arrested following nationwide protests on September 22 by the Cameroon government.
Kamto was arrested by the military after he called for countrywide protests to force President Paul Biya, in power now for 38 years to resign.
At least 500 of Kamto’s supporters were also arrested, and more than 200 of them are still in custody.
The 14 independent UN experts have also called for an impartial investigation into alleged human rights violations by the Cameroon government.
The government’s spokesman, Emmanuel Sadi, and his colleague of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, had earlier threatened to ban Mr Kamto’s party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement, as well as take up legal action against the opposition leader