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Cameroon – Bamenda Lawyers Strike: Government considers sanctions against law enforcement officers guilty of abuse on English-speaking lawyers

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Written by Deckson N.

The government committee set up for this purpose has proposed sanctions against men in uniform who brutalized men in robes.

Zero tolerance against criminal elements of law and order in Bamenda. The government wants to punish police officers and gendarmes who have violated the anglophone lawyers who decided to go down the street between November 7 and 10, 2016.

Meeting in Yaounde on 27 and 28 December 2016, the members of the Ad Hoc Committee to examine and find solutions to the problems of English-speaking lawyers proposed “prosecution of law enforcement officers who allegedly brutalize lawyers“.

The committee headed by Jean Pierre Fogui, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Justice, in charge of the Prison Administration, also proposed “the restitution of confiscated dresses and wigs” belonging to these lawyers. After their work, the members of the aforementioned committee will transmit their resolutions to the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang.

If these proposals are followed, some policemen and gendarmes involved in clashes with lawyers in Bamenda could be brought to justice. Those who had used tear gas to disperse the men in robes. Others had molested the lawyers, even confiscating their dresses. Yet initially, lawyers strikers mainly demanded the translation into English of the uniform acts of the Organization for the Harmonization in Africa of Business Law (OHADA).

Acts condemned in a statement signed by the Bar President Jackson Ngnie Kamga, on behalf of the whole corporation. This communique stated that the Council of the Bar Association “strongly condemns the disproportionate and abusive use of force against lawyers…and maintains that nothing could have justified the brutality of lawyers victims“.

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