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Subject:

Expert witness needed for a Cameroonian asylum seeker + Synopsis of claim

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Mon, 22 Sep 2008 11:11:51 +0100

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Hello,

Legal advisor is looking for an expert witness on Cameroon who can 
comment on the persecution of political opponents belonging to the 
"Union Nationale pour la Démocratie et le Progrès" UNDP.

Synopsis of case:
Client known here as Mr. X is from Ngaoundere, Cameroon. From 1992 to 
1997 the client was a member of the UNDP opposition party and held a 
high position in the party hierarchy.  Mr. X was a vice-president of a 
base committee and then became the General Secretary of a sub-section. 
December 1997 the UNDP party president joins the government.  UNDP 
members protested against what they felt was a betrayal and led a 
demonstration holding signs with "no to the coalition" and "no to the 
betrayal" written on them. The day after Mr. X participated in the 
demonstration he was arrested by the police from his home. At the police 
station Mr. X was interrogated, beaten, tortured and called a "rebel." 
Three other UNDP members who were in the cell with Mr. X had died they 
were: Soulia-Haman (Deputy Treasurer), Hamza Ahmadou (Youth Officer) and 
Ousmanou (member). In early January 1998 Mr. X was released, he went to 
a public hospital to treat his injuries and he was refused treatment as 
the Doctor called him an "opponent!" Mr. X stayed on the hospital 
grounds and the next morning he was arrested for a second time, taken to 
a Gendarmerie where he experienced various forms of torture. He was 
transferred to a military camp from which he manages to escape. Mr. X's 
family was arrested after his escape and so he decided to flee to Chad. 
 From January to November 1998 Mr. X remains in Chad but becomes worried 
about his safety because of his proximity to the boarder and the network 
that exists between truck and taxi drivers who frequently travel between 
Cameroon and Chad.  In November 1998 Mr. X fled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 
  From November 1998 to October 1999 Saudi authorities arrest and deport 
foreign nationals consequently Mr. X is afraid of being deported and he 
fled to Egypt. In December 1999 the Cameroonian embassy in Cairo 
withholds his passport so a friend procures a new one for him not 
through official channels. 2000 to July 2004 the Cameroonian embassy in 
Cairo suspects him of being a rebel and they take Mr. X's new passport. 
  On December 8, 2003 the First Instance Court of Ngaoundere issued a 
summons to Mr. X for his inciting a demonstration the hearing is between 
the RPDC and the UNDP to be held on December 11, 2003. Mr. X. avoids all 
contact with the Cameroonian embassy and Cameroonian students in Cairo 
as he has experienced problems with them forcing him to have to move 
several times in order to remain safe. Even though Mr. X does not have 
contact with the Cameroonian community there are people in the Congolese 
community who inform him that the Cameroonians still believe that he is 
against the government. Mr. X's name also appears in an article in the 
"Le Messager" which indicates that he was accused of organizing the 
demonstrations in 1997 and that he escaped incarceration.

For anyone willing to provide an expert statement I can provide you with 
a redacted version of the client's testimony and appeal which was 
submitted to UNHCR.

Thank you.

Regards,
Gwendolyn Roeske
Legal Advisor
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AMERA-Egypt


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