Cameroon’s president Paul Biya should prove his commitment to give his citizens the protection of international law by joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). Add your voice – call on Cameroon to ratify the Rome Statute.
Cameroon is the focus of our Campaign for Global Justice for February 2016.
In November 2015, during a UNESCO leadership forum, President Biya stated that “my country also shares that vision of perpetual peace by which our Constitutional Act opens which I would like to quote: ‘since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.’.”
Roland Abeng, coordinator, Cameroon Coalition for ICC
“In reminding us the necessity to preserve peace on a daily basis, the President of the Republic of Cameroon must demonstrate his firm commitment. As the opportunity is given to play an essential role in the implementation of effective justice which is based on complementarity, I urge the Honorable MPs of our country to ratify at last the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court in order to guarantee peace and justice.”
Clement Capo-Chichi, Africa regional coordinator, Coalition for the ICC
“The ratification of this important instrument permits allows Cameroon to engage effectively in the fight against impunity. Cameroon must act and finally take responsibility for giving back hope to his citizens and give them the possibility of obtaining justice when peace is threatened. Cameroon must abandon the status of “observer” acquired since 2002 to finally become state party to the Rome Statute.
Unlike neighboring states of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community and the Economic Community of Central African States, Cameroon has not yet ratified the Rome Statute. 34 African states are ICC members.
In a letter this week, the Coalition urged President Biya to prove his commitment to give his citizens the protection of international law by joining the ICC.
Read more: Advancing accountability in Africa. In June 2015, Coalition members traveled from over 20 countries to Benin to strategize on ending impunity for grave crimes in Africa. Here are the main takeaways.
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