Report of the State of Human Rights in Cameroon in 2015

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Report of the State of Human Rights in Cameroon in 2015

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Pursuant to Section 19 of Law No. 2004/16 of 22 July 2004 setting up the National
Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF), as amended and supplemented by
Law No. 2010/004 of 13 April 2010, every year, the Commission develops and publishes a
Report on the State of Human Rights in Cameroon. The present report highlights the major
trends of the situation of human rights in Cameroon through an analysis of the legal and
institutional framework governing the various categories of rights examined, with special
emphasis on the texts adopted during the reference period. The report also assesses State
efforts in making good its commitments to ensure that every citizen actually enjoys their
rights. 
In looking at various allegations of human rights violations filed at the NCHRF in the
course of the year 2015, this report equally examines data from various administrations, civil
society organisations and the media.  
The year 2015 was marked by the transition from the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs), in a context dominated by insecurity
challenges and persistent attacks by Boko Haram in the Far North Region of Cameroon and
the vulnerability of the populations of the localities concerned.   
In any case, if the insecurity caused by the intrusion of CAR rebels in Cameroonian
territory has relatively dropped, the situation of human rights during the reference year was
strongly marked by the continuation of repeated attacks of the terrorist group Boko Haram.  
Because of widespread poverty, the fight against unemployment is among the major
challenges standing on the way to the full enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights,
particularly for vulnerable groups (women, youth, persons with disabilities, etc.). There is
therefore an empirical correlation between economic, social and cultural rights and civil and
political rights, a fact that corroborates the interrelationship of human rights. 
The present report, taking into consideration the repeated allegations of violation of
rights filed at the Commission and corroborated by facts gathered on the ground, examines 
Civil and political rights (Part I), Economic, social and cultural rights (Part II), Rights of
specific categories (Part III), Special issues (Part IV) and Cameroon compliance with its
human rights commitments (Part V).

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