Ambazonia, Remedies, and the First Amendment
I had never heard of Ambazonia before Friday, but I now see that it is a breakaway part of Cameroon, in an area also known as the South Cameroons, though it’s actually northwest of much of Cameroon. Here’s the opinion that enlightened me on the subject, decided Feb. 6, but just added to Westlaw; it’s by Judge Percy Anderson (C.D. Cal.), Cameroon Ass’n of Victims of Ambazonia Terrorism Inc. v. Ambazonia Foundation Inc.:
According to the Complaint, defendants Ambazonia Foundation Inc. (“AFI”), Ambazonia Interim Government (“AIG”), Ambazonia Governing Council (“AGC”), Ambazonia Defense Forces (“ADF”), Tapang Ivo Tanku (“Tanku”), and Christopher Anu Fobeneh (“Fobeneh”) (collectively “Defendants”), are associated with and control an armed militia group seeking to overthrow the government in the Northwest and Southwest (“NOSO”) region of Cameroon. [Some of the defendants allegedly live in the U.S. or are organized here. -EV] The Complaint alleges that Defendants announced on January 7, 2020, that there will be a “total lockdown of NOSO during the periods of February 6, 2020 through February 12, 2020” and instructed fighters associated with the militia “that anyone who steps out of their homes during that lockdown, or operates any business, will be abducted, or killed.” These allegations are similar to allegations contained in the prior actions filed by Plaintiff’s counsel, in which the plaintiffs in those prior action alleged that the militia’s leaders announced lockdowns for other periods of time. CAVAT asserts that the lockdown threats, as well as abductions and killings in Cameroon, harm CAVAT’s efforts to provide humanitarian services in the region.
Plaintiff’s Complaint alleges claims against Defendants for: (1) consp
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