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Home Nos activités Animations Communautaires Human Rights Defenders Converged in Yaounde, form August 4th-6th2015

Human Rights Defenders Converged in Yaounde, form August 4th-6th2015

Human rights defenders from around the national territory and beyond met in Yaounde for three days, at the Palais Des Congres, on the occasion of the National Human Rights Forum. The event that was attended by representatives from the ten regions of the country and from the Moroccan Commission of Human Rights, was an initiative of the Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations (RECODH) and was under the auspices of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF).

 

As a very first edition, the three days forum had three main objectives, which were:

  • to advance dialogue and collaboration between human rights Non Governmental Organizations and the local population,
  • to build the skills and capacity of human rights defenders,
  • to propose possible solutions for the amelioration of human rights in Cameroon.

An opening ceremony marked by a welcome speech from the RECODH coordinator; Mr. Youmeni Paul Guy and the president of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, Dr. Chemuta Divine Banda, launched the event. Other activities followed, such as discussion panels with enriching themes and skillful panelists, legal consultations, exhibitions from participating NGOs such as the World Dynamics of Young People (WDYP), amongst others. Last was a closing ceremony, through which specific recommendations were made to the Head of State in relation to the promotion, protection and respect of human rights. Some of these recommendations were that;

  • the number of parliamentarians should be increased and made equivalent to the number of divisions in the country so as to ease administration;
  • the president should support and reinforce the pledge to repatriate Cameroonians in difficulties abroad, especially the case of the girls in Kuwait and Dubai.

“Being the first of its kind, the forum was a success, as it achieved its goal of empowering human rights NGOs among other civil society actors and in creating a platform through which the public authorities can collaborate with the civil society and the local population in the fight for the respect of human rights in Cameroon, at every level of the public sphere”. It was in these words that the coordinator of the forum, Mr Youmeni P. Guy, closed the event promising a second edition in one of it kind.

Ndanji Neh Jessica,
Intern, World Dynamics of Young People (WDYP)