In May 2010, the UN Committee Against Torture, when assessing Cameroon’s fourth periodic report on its compliance with the UN Convention Against Torture, noted with serious concern that “Credible allegations that investigations and prosecutions relating to acts of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment are not carried out systematically and that perpetrators who are convicted receive light sentences that are not proportional to the seriousness of their crimes.” It also noted that there was a lack of measures to protect complainants and witnesses  against ill-treatment and intimidation after they lodge complaints or give evidence, which means that only a limited number of complaints are lodged for acts of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The full report of the Committee Against Torture is available here: Report

REDRESS has been helping Ebenezer Akwanga, a Cameroonian political activist, who was tortured from 1997 - 2003. We assisted him to lodge a petition with the Human Rights Committee in Geneva for multiple breaches of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, including torture. For further information see our write-up of the case here.


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August 2013

Torture in Africa: The Law and Practice

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September 2012

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