The Republic of Cameroon is currently three reports behind in its state reporting obligations to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission is an important venue for regular dialogue on the human rights situations in countries party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Cameroon’s disregard for its obligations is a missed opportunity for all interested parties to engage in an inclusive dialogue to facilitate positive developments in human rights protections in Cameroon.
The last time Cameroon submitted a report to the Commission only covered from 2008 to 2011. Before this report, there had only been one other report that covered from 2001 to 2003. So for the entirety of the state reporting procedure before the Commission, Cameroon has only provided reporting on 7 years. This is unacceptable. It limits civil society’s ability to use the Commission as a tool to peacefully air concerns about the human rights situation in Cameroon. It also limits the opportunity for the government to publicly highlight their efforts to promote human rights, which we have seen such as efforts to promote women’s rights.
The government of Cameroon must change course and adhere to its obligations to provide state reports to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at regular intervals. Contra Nocendi calls upon the Government of Cameroon to embrace the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights as a vital tool to promote human rights in Cameroon.