CHRC Members, Staff Capacitated On Rights Promotion, Protection
Both members and staff of the Cameroon Human Rights Commission, CHRC, have been capacitated on how to effectively and efficiently promote and protect human rights as well as prevent torture in the country.
This was during the first induction workshop subsequent to the reorganisation of the human rights commission of 19 July, 2019 and the swearing in of the recently appointed officials. The four day workshop was therefore intended to empower members and staff with both Observatory and analytical skills so as to identify human rights violations and prevent torture.
“The aim is to prepare the members of the Human Rights Commission of Cameroon to exercise their function. It is about giving them training so that they can effectively and efficiently promote human rights in Cameroon. Protect human rights in Cameroon and above all act as a mechanism for the prevention of torture. We are very happy that the international and regional partners are going to combine their efforts for the realisation of this activity which is the first of half a dozen training sessions that should take place in the next two to two and a half months,” highlighted James Mouangue Kobila, CHRC President.
“What is important to understand is that every time a new national human rights institution is established, it is necessary to train the members because, most of the members who have been chosen by their guilds, such as lawyers, doctors, or journalists, do not have a general knowledge of human rights. Very often, as trade union experts, they have specialised knowledge in a specific area of human rights. Whereas human rights represent a continent of actions that must be grasped in its entirety,” he added.
Considering the complexity surrounding the concept of human rights, CHRC President averred that, “the state has understood that we cannot build a better society in our countries which are ever less communitarian and ever more individualistic, nor can we make democracy as part of daily life without rooting a human and people’s rights culture and the rule of law through effective functioning of the mechanisms and institutions that are its vectors and that ensure its defence.”
Namizata Sangare, Chairperson of the HUMAN Rights Council for Côte d’Ivoire and representative of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, IOF, mentioned that, the said workshop is aimed at bringing human rights actors closer to the populace in a bid to ensure that their civil rights are respected and assured.
The four day gathering was mainly geared towards equipping newly sworn-in human rights commissioners and all other staff in promoting and protection people’s rights in Cameroon and prevent torture.