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Cameroon: Lawyers announce five-day nationwide protest

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Lawyers under the Cameroon Bar Association will from November 30 observe a five-day nationwide strike action to protest against recent abuses on lawyers in the line of duty.

The strike action is one of the resolutions taken during the extra-ordinary session of the Bar Council that held few days after lawyers were teargased by police and gendarmes in a courtroom in Bonanjo, Douala.

After this incident at the Bonanjo Court of First Instance, two lawyers were arrested, among whom human rights barrister Richard Tamfu.

After their arrest, they were transferred before the State Counsel in Bonanjo and following accusations of violence, were later on transferred to the Douala New Bell Prison.

Following this double actions, the Bar Council decided to respond with a five-day nationwide strike action during which all lawyers have been called upon to boycott court sessions.

The Bar Council has equally cancelled the judicial honours that were to be given to late Bar President Charles Tchakounte Patie beginning December due to the strike action.

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