Cameroon joined the international community to commemorate the International Day for Human Rights on 10th December 2018.
The theme for reflection was “United for Human Rights Protection”.
Commemorative activities in Yaounde were spearheaded by the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms.
Representatives of the Cameroon Bar Council, the UN Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa and the European Union Delegation all contributed to the success of the event.
These experts made a diagnosis of the situation and suggested ways of upholding human rights in Cameroon.
The Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedom, Dr Divine Chemuta Banda acknowledged that the Commission still has much to work to do on the field.
The present human rights situation has worsened following the socio-political upheavals in Cameroon.
Over in Maroua, human rights activists denounced recurrent cases of abusive detention and incursion by the Boko Haram terrorist group as practices that tamper with the basic rights of the people.
In Ebolowa – South Region, officials called on the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms to intensify sensitisation campaigns to have the population understand their rights and duties. Commemorative activities in the region were chaired by the Secretary General of the Governor of the South Region’s Office, Alexandre le Grand Ngoucheme.
It is worth recalling that the International Day for Human Rights Protection also marks the end of 16 Days of Activism to fight against Gender-based Violence.
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi