Maurice Kamto, Cameroonian opposition leader, said on Tuesday that he remained “sequestered” at his home. This is despite a call by UN rights experts for his release. Kamto has been in house arrest for calling for peaceful protests against longtime ruler Paul Biya.
The human rights experts issued a statement on Monday. They called for Kamto’s release and that of dozens of others reportedly arrested during demonstrations on September 22.
“The (police) unit outside my house is still in place, and I have received no notification whatsoever,” Kamto said.
“Kamto’s house arrest could amount to a deprivation of liberty, in violation of his rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, as well as liberty and security of person,” the UN statement said.
Kamto’s lawyers said in a statement they were suing the state over his house arrest and the trial would begin on Thursday.
“We are extremely worried about mass arrests of peaceful protesters and political activists who express dissent,” the UN experts’ statement said.
In January last year, Kamto was arrested. This was after losing to Biya in 2018. He was arrested in January last year following a march protesting the vote. Biya ordered him to be freed nine months later under international pressure.