CHRC Sub-Commissions Charged To Develop Respective Roadmaps
James Mouangue Kobila, President of the Cameroon Human Rights Commission, CHRC, said, chairs and members of the three sub-commissions have been tasked to elaborate their respective roadmaps to promote, protect and prevent torture.
He made the revelation during the closing ceremony of the induction workshop of the members and staff of the Cameroon Human Rights Commission, last May 28.
“The recommendations relating to the sub-commissions are for them to prepare their roadmap of actions. So I have already committed them to do it and they have started doing it. Now they have new skill, they are equipped to go further with this task and to end it up in the next few days,” said Kobila.
Going by Namizata Meite Sangare, President National Human Rights Commission for Côte d’Ivoire, she schooled both members and staff on how to promote and protect the peoples rights.
“During this workshop, among other things, I emphasized what we call in our jargon the ‘heart of our job,’ which is the promotion and protection of human rights. I reviewed the aspects of the promotion of human rights, because the institute in its mandate must make the people know their rights so that these people can rightfully claim their rights. I also emphasized on the protection of human rights, indicating the protection system that has been put in place by the Cameroonian state. The sub-regional system at the level of CEMAC, the continental system at the level of Africa and then the universal system because what you must remember is that in terms of human rights, the state has only obligations, we call them verbal rights,” she stated.
To her, the state has the obligations to promote, protect and defend reason why, the government has set up an institution that will help it in this regal role to promote the rights of the people. “An example of promotion is, the Cameroonian government has adopted a legislation to make school compulsory, but who should promote this? Well, the CHRC is there to help the state promote all these provisions that have been taken in favor of our populations. It is necessary to let our populations know that if they are violated in their rights, there is a provision that protects them,” Namizata emphasised.
Chief Dr. Jean Marc Ngalle Mbondjo, specialist in general surgery, traditional ruler, and commissioner at CHRC, said they were schooled not only on national but international dimensions of human rights as several thematics were discussed. He pledged to transmit the knowledge to his colleagues.
“I learned, I will transmit it to my colleagues because it is the order of doctors who designed me to come here. What I retained is that this is an international marriage and with the advent of ICT, what is done in Cameroon is known throughout the world in real time and vice versa. Our role is to be the one who launches the alert or the one who often comes to do the thinking,” he said.
He went further to admit that, he has been transformed as a result of the four-day workshop aimed at equipping commissioners and staff on the promotion and protection of human rights as well as the prevention of torture.