PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
Seventh Session - New York, 21 April-2 May 2008
Thank you Madam Chair,
Our organization, Ecospirituality Foundation, is primarily aimed at the defense of Indigenous Peoples traditional knowledge and sacred lands.
We deliver a joint-appeal on behalf of Indigenous Communities subject to violations of Indigenous Peoples spiritual rights.
An emblamatic case that we want to bring to the attention of this assembly is that of the Bassa People of Cameroon. Through the official mandate of its spokesperson, Samuel Brice TJOMB, we raise the appeal of the 12 tribes of the mountain Ngog-Lituba so that the Bassa People can be helped to defend its maximum sacred land and freely exercise its spiritual and cultural rights.
The Bassa People denounce the desecrations of their natural and spiritual sanctuary that is the sacred mountain NGOG-LITUBA, perpetrated by the Roman Catholic Church, whose ambition is to turn into its real estate this sacred place of pilgrimage, cradle of the twelve Bassa tribes, by virtue of its monopoly in Cameroon, a laic country. This explains the setting up since over a decade ago of a cross and a statue of the Virgin Mary atop the mountain.
They demand also the return to Cameroon of the mystical vestiges and the traditional heritage of the Bassa people kept away in European museums since the colonization of Cameroon by Germany, France, and Great Britain.
In name of the Bassa People we make this appeal with the purpose of:
To the Native African of Bassa Peoples, Ngog-Lituba is the only hope of cultural survival for this people, who far too long have been victims of efforts aimed at extinguishing their ecospiritual flame.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Apache Survival Coalition, Arizona
Wiran Aboriginal Corporation, Australia
Menhirs Libres, Brittany
Bassa Peoples, Cameroon
United Confederation of Tažno People
Ensemble Allons dans la Paix, Benin