The Network for Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa REDHAC has denounced what it terms the increase in attacks on the moral and physical integrity of lawyers in Cameroon by members of security forces in some gendarmerie premises during the covid-19 pandemic.
According to a press release dated July 30,2020 some lawyers of the Cameroon bar association were victims of verbal and physical violence of some members of Cameroon’s security forces. The press release states in part that on June 12, 2020 bar. Dominique Fousse member of the Cameroon bar association and her colleagues were victims of verbal and physical violence by gendarmes at the territorial gendarmerie of Douala 3 in Bonaberi when they went to inquire about the situation of their client arrested at the beginning of the weekend without a warrant of arrest. The release equally reviewed that on July 23, 2020 bar. Serge Chendjou, another member of the Cameroon bar association was also verbally and physically assaulted at the state secretariat for defence in Yaounde in Yaounde by several gendarmes and top-ranking officers as he went about assisting a widow and her sisters arrested without any warrant. These two incidences have pushed REDHAC to denounce and condemn with its last energy the attacks on the moral and physical integrity of lawyers perpetrated in gendarmerie premises as well as all forms of intimidation of certain security agents on lawyers.
The maxim Millienne led rights group defenders calls on the government to instruct security agents to strictly respect national, regional and international texts and instruments freely adopted, ratified and signed by Cameroon relating to human rights.
REDHAC equally urges the minister of defence to open an investigation into these repeated acts of human rights violations by gendarmerie officers as well as encourages the government to combat impunity in the gendarmerie corps and other public institutions.