Cameroon reviewed under the UPR
Thursday, 05 February 2009 08:17


On the morning of 5 February 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Cameroon.  Cameroon was represented by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cameroon, Mr Joseph Dion Ngute.  The majority of Cameroon’s African neighbours were complimentary of Cameroon’s efforts to protect and promote human rights.  Most other States, however, offered recommendations and constructive criticism in the following areas:


  • The need to reform the judicial system, strengthen the rule of law, fight widespread impunity, and combat vigilante justice

  • The need to eradicate corruption, improve press freedoms, and guarantee free and fair elections through the independence of the election commission

  • Concern over allegations of torture by police and security forces, arbitrary detention, inhumane prison conditions, and harassment of human rights defenders

  • Increased cooperation with treaty bodies through the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and the extension of an open invitation to all special procedures

  • Implementing the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Committee on the Rights of the Child so as to offer meaningful protections for the rights of women and children particularly in relation to trafficking, domestic violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation

  • Bringing laws condemning homosexuality into conformity with international human rights principles

  • Stepping up efforts to provide free primary education to all


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