National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms: Authorities decry increase in Human Rights Violation in 2016 Report of Activities


The National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms has presented the 2016 report on the state of human rights in Cameroon.

The presentation was made in a meeting that held in Yaoundé on 29th December 2017.

The report covers three essential areas; Statutory activities, Human Rights  promotion and protection and cross-cutting activities.

A number of activities featured as constituents of human rights violation in Cameroon in 2016.

# Persistent Insecurity in the North and East Regions

# Strike actions in the North and South West Regions

# Recurrent abductions in the Northern part of Cameroon

# Persistent Occurrences of mob justice

# Prohibitions of Public meetings on the pretext of avoiding threats to public order.

Some public Administrations did not help in facilitating the commissions’ job. One of such administrations is the military justice which did not permit the commission to visit detainees under the anti- terrorism law in Cameroon.

The chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms Dr. Chemuta  Divine Banda revealed that the number of complaints filed at the Commission’s office leaped from 526 in 2015 to 1136 in 2016.

The 2016 report on human rights situation in Cameroon became an opportunity for the chairperson to make some observations on the anglophone problem.

The millions of citizens trapped between sessationists and security forces  is a worrisome situation that has  culminated in the loss of countless lives.

The chairperson called on the government to take the commission’s observations into consideration and give place to a socio-political dialogue as a way of seeking lasting solutions to the problem.

Kathy Neba Sina

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