Cameroon: Initial Report, 1989-2000


The report covers the period from the ratification of the Charter by Cameroon in 1989 up to 2000. It contains an Introduction and two Parts containing 8 Chapters, as follows:

PART ONE : General framework for human rights promotion and protection in Cameroon

  1. International legal instruments binding Cameroon in the guarantee of Human Rights
  2. Internal legal framework

PART TWO: Information relating to each right, freedom and obligation as per the provisions of the African Charter

  1. Civil and political rights
  2. Economic and social rights
  3. Peoples' rights
  4. Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination
  5. Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women
  6. Obligations

From the Conclusion:
"528. In this respect, with regard to civil and political rights, after three decades of a reign characterized by repressive, emergency laws, the State in 1990 adopted a series of laws known as freedom laws, governing, among others, freedom of expression, freedom of mass communication, freedom of association, the conditions for entry and residence in and exit from the national territory, and political parties.
529. With regard to economic, social and cultural rights, various programmes and projects were designed and implemented through multifarious actions with the intention of improving the living conditions of the population and promoting individual and collective well-being.
530. However, contingencies arising from the international economic crisis and internal structural adjustment demands forced the government to adopt restrictive budgetary policies, entailing drastic cuts in expenditures earmarked for the social sectors. This situation was a setback to the government's desire to attain a standard of living compatible with human dignity."

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