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‘Right to fair trial’ among most violated rights in Cameroon

The Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, NCHRF made the revalation at the 22nd ordinary session of the commission

Dr. Divine Chemuta Banda, Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms has revealed the right to a fair trial is among the most violated rights in Cameroon. He was speaking in Yaounde April 20 while chairing the 22nd ordinary session of the commission.

The rights commission Chair said of about 192 complaints treated between December 2016 and March 2017, a majority were related to violations of the rights to property, the right to physical and moral integrity and the right to work. He noted that the institution recorded successes in several cases of reconciliation, but decried the fact the issue of land grabbing remains a hard nut to crack.

Dr. Chemuta also revealed that some five diplomatic missions held talks with the commission on the situation of human rights in Cameroon and possible abolition of the death penalty in the country.

Among these diplomats was Brian Olley, British High Commissioner whom he met on February 20, Rene Cremonese, Canadian High Commissioner received at the NCHRF on February 23, Laurence Coste, Chief of Bureau for Human Rights at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brian Morgan and Robert Bowman of the United States department of justice and the department of state bureau of counter terrorism and Marrie-Lina Samuel, Nicolas Perron and Agnes Granroth of Ensemble Contre La Piene a mort- the team specifically discussed the death penalty and presented a project on the abolition of the death penalty in Cameroon.

Besides the aforementioned meetings, the NCHRF also held discussions with other local and international institutions on the situation of human rights in Cameroon. The commission, we gathered at the April 20 Ordinary session, submitted to the PM, reports on its investigations on human rights abuses in the North West and South West regions where protests have been ongoing for more than six months.

The Commission, according to its chair, visited places of detention in the Far North region, the Minawao refugee camp and also carried out a field investigation in Ombessa where a certain teenager, Ibrahim Bello was said to have been tortured and amputated in detention.

Beside review of activities of the commission as of its last Ordinary session in December 2016, the 22nd session was used to examine its administrative and management accounts and examination of its 2018 budget, among other things.

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