Yaoundé
Resolution of Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, 9-10 September 2019

Political Change in Central Africa and the Role of Social Democracy

A meeting of the Progressive Alliance of Central Africa took place on 10 September 2019 in Yaoundé (Cameroon) to discuss issues related to social democracy and the socio-political situation of member countries. The meeting was chaired by the APAC Coordinator, the Honourable Joshua OSIH, and was attended by the leaders and high-level representatives of the member parties. The following decisions were adopted by consensus:

1- Regarding member party developments

APAC reiterates its sincere congratulations to the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) for the brilliant victory of its candidate, H.E. Felix Tshisékédi, at the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of 30 December 2018 and gives it its full political support.

2- Regarding the Progressive Alliance of Central Africa

President Martin Ziguélé was asked to set up a working group to draft a Manifesto of progressive forces of Central Africa, which could eventually be extended to Africa as a whole.

All member parties are reminded to send in their suggestions as to which unions might participate at APAC with an observer status.

3- Regarding the Progressive Alliance;

Member parties are informed that the elective congress of the Progressive Alliance will be held in Stockholm from 15 to 16 November 2019 and APAC would like all its members to attend the congress. Invitations, registration and application forms will be sent out in the coming days by the Progressive Alliance coordinator.

4- On the socio-political situation of the member countries of the Progressive Alliance of Central Africa

Considering the constitutions, laws and regulations of the member countries as well as the various treaties, conventions and agreements ratified;

Considering the guiding principles of the Progressive Alliance;

Regarding the socio-political situation in Cameroon

Given the persistence and dangerous escalation of the socio-political crisis in the south-western and north-western regions,

Considering that Cameroon shares its borders with five other countries in the Central African subregion, and that the continuation of this war will have disastrous consequences in the subregion and also in neighbouring Nigeria, a West African country,

The Progressive Alliance of Central Africa

Regarding the socio-political situation of Equatorial Guinea

Considering the deplorable evidence that there is no independent media, as all existing media outlets are at the service of those in power, which is in violation of the laws governing individual and collective freedoms,

Considering the restriction of the freedom of expression and opinion of the opposing APAC member parties and their arbitrary arrests,

The Progressive Alliance of Central Africa

Condemns the existence of media devoted to and paid by the rulers;

Regarding the socio-political situation in Chad

Considering the evidence that there has been no real alternation of political power in Chad, particularly over the last 30 years,

Considering the constant and permanent interference in the management of Chad’s independent and sovereign State,

The Progressive Alliance of Central Africa

Regarding the socio-political situation in the Central African Republic

Considering the illegal and excessive exploitation of the natural resources of APAC member countries, in particular in the case of CAR,

Considering the continuing insecurity in the Central African Republic and throughout Central Africa,

The Progressive Alliance of Central Africa

Regarding the socio-political situation in the Republic of Congo

Considering the recurrent violations of fundamental freedoms,

Considering the arbitrary arrests of politicians,

Considering the absence of dialogue and a credible democratic process,

The Progressive Alliance of Central Africa

5- At the regional level

Considering the evidence of severe human rights violations in the Central African sub-region,

Considering the excessive exploitation of resources and land by ruling authorities in the Central African sub-region to the detriment of the populations,

Considering the motion to dismiss the case of comrades GBAGBO Laurent and BLE GOUDE,

The Progressive Alliance of Central Africa