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For over 30 years pastoralists and subsistence farming communities in North-Western Cameroon have been subjected to horrendous human rights violations. Their lands and animals seized, while they are arbitrarily arrested, tortured and imprisoned by some security and administrative authorities on orders of a powerful commercial rancher and plantations owner Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, member of the Central Committee of the ruling RDPC party. Judicial, administrative and security officials are used to persecute poor herders and subsistence farmers.
Some of the communities most affected are the Mbororo, Bakweri, Kom, Kedjom Keku, Babungo, Esu, Aghem and Wimbum.
Throughout the period he has not complied to any judicial or administrative ruling. All interventions from the office of the president of Cameroon through to the United Nations and human rights organisations have fallen on deaf ears.
Only international litigation can hold the government and the sub-state actor to account. According to a previous ruling of the African Commission the judiciary is not independent and therefore exhaustion of domestic remedies is impossible as there are none. A commission set up by the office of the president the chief magistrate and commander in chief of the armed forces has not been enforced.