Cameroon – Lawyers strike: Anglophone lawyers refuse to meet the Minister of Justice, Laurent Esso

Written by Deckson N.

They rejected a meeting with the Keeper of the Seals scheduled for November 22, 2016 and ask instead to be received by the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang.

English-speaking lawyers require the texts and laws used by lawyers to be translated into English, as they see fit. In order to make their voices heard, these men of right have recently demonstrated before the court of appeal of Bamenda to announce the creation of a new bar only for anglophones. If there was still some time, there was every reason to believe that their demands were not veins, the police forces came to put a stop to their manifestations, thus creating some eddies.

Invited by the Minister of Justice, Laurent Esso, on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 for a working meeting, anglophone lawyers rejected the meeting with the Keeper of the Seals. They demand a meeting with the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang.

It should be noted that in a strike since October 11, these English-speaking lawyers, who constitute roughly a third of the members of the Bar of Cameroon, are opposed to the non-existence in their country of an English version of the Uniform Acts of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA). Added to this is the fact that these lawyers also complain about the non-existence of the English versions of the CIMA (International Conference of Insurance Markets) and the regulation of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa ( CEMAC), the paper said.

Following these claims, anglophone lawyers are absent from all the courts of the Northwest and Southwest. A situation that disrupts the progress of numerous trials in progress or in the making.

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