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“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”

(The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


 
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Human IS Right is a subsidiary program of Global Conscience Initiative and it aims to bring a deeper conscience on human rights in the Buea region.

Its mission is inspired by the same principles of GCI and its work is strictly in cooperation with the one of the main office.

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Arbitrary arrest and illegal detention: testimony of some University Students in Buea-Cameroon
(07/04/2014 09:34)

 

"Anyone who is arrested shall be informed at the time of his arrest of the reason for his arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him". This is what Principle 10 of the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment says. Also national legislation states that where a judicial police officer intends to remand a suspect in police custody, he shall inform him of the grounds for suspicion and invite him to give any explanation he deems necessary (Section 119 of Criminal Procedure Code).

But according to the latest former detainees interviewed by the Human IS Right team - students arrested last May during the riots at the University of Buea (http://goo.gl/JYaGgY), these basic rules were too often infringed. Most of the students declared that they didn't know the grounds of suspicion and weren't invited to give any explanation at the time of their arrest and during the police custody.

Some of the students weren't brought before a court and informed about their right to legal assistance: this amounts to a flagrant violation of Principle 11 of the above mentioned Body of Principles, which enshrines the right of everybody not to be kept in detention without being given an effective opportunity to be heard promptly by a judicial or other authority and to be assisted by legal counsel. Furthermore, many former detainees alleged that they weren't given adequate time and facilities to communicate in confidence with their legal counsel while in police custody.

According to Principle 16, a detained or imprisoned person shall be entitled to notify or to require the competent authority to notify members of his family or other appropriate persons of his arrest, detention or imprisonment or of a transfer and of the place where he is kept in custody. This wasn't the case of the families and friends of the latest interviewed, who didn't receive adequate information by the authorities.

An additional concerning issue is that detainees weren't informed about the opportunity to apply for free Legal Aid. This is a valuable option for those who can't afford legal assistance, and as a matter of fact many of the detainees' families experience financial difficulties as a result of the detention and have to bear all the costs for legal representation, food, clothes, transport for visits, medical care.

Given these troubling premises, it's easy to understand why the Human IS Right team considers the Prisoners' Rights Project an absolute priority: to enhance pre-trial detainees' access to efficient and effective justice and provide pro bono legal representation for those in need is essential in order to assure the respect for their human rights while in detention.


Written by Michela Gaffuri Riva, Prisoners' Rights Project International Intern



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(19/03/2014 11:14)

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An appraisal of my first contact with former detainees of Buea Central Prison
(13/03/2014 11:30)

 

Within the past week, the Prisoners' Rights Project team at Human IS Right had the opportunity to interview a number of the students arrested in May 2013 during the riots at the University of Buea (http://goo.gl/kIVKD9). Charged with assault, theft and looting, the students spent between three to ten months at the Buea Central Prison, giving them ample opportunity to reflect on the most troubling aspects of the Cameroonian prison system. These former detainees, educated and cognisant of their human rights, were able to share their experiences and perspectives on daily life and obstacles within prison walls with the Human IS Right team.


During our interviews, we asked the University students to provide suggestions for improvements to conditions within the Buea Central Prison. They responded overwhelmingly as follows:


  1. Food provided in the prison is insufficient in quantity and quality. This is in violation of Article 11 of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Political Rights that ensures the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living, including access to adequate food.

  2. The toilet, bathing, and shower facilities are inadequate in number and do not meet up with minimum hygiene standards. As a result, the former detainees declared that their health deteriorated during their time in prison and noted that many prisoners suffered from serious illnesses.

  3. Proper medical attention and care is not provided to those in need. Often prisoners are forced to pay a bribe to prison officials in order to be taken to hospital when they are sick. In addition, prisoners or their family members bear the cost of medical care and treatment: many are unable to pay and thus do not receive necessary care. This lack of adequate medical care represents a breach of Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of Article 16 of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights.

  4. Along the same lines, they alleged that many prisoners are at constant risk of physical and psychological abuse, verbal threats, and corporal punishment from prison staff and fellow prisoners. These allegations require a serious assessment of the procedures used by the prison staff, in order to establish whether or not they are in violation of the right to physical and moral integrity. These rights are enshrined in Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, in Article 7 of International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and in Article 2 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.


The information that the Human IS Right team gathered from interviews with the former University of Buea detainees offers just a glimpse into life at Buea Central Prison. The opportunity to continue with interviews of former and current prisoners is essential to the success of our Prisoners' Rights Project. In addition, continued access to prisoners will help ensure the future of our sensitization work with stakeholders in the justice system regarding the rights of pre-trial detainees, a group that represents a majority (approximately 70%) of the Buea Central Prison population.

Written by Michela Gaffuri Riva, Prisoners' Rights Intern


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(01/03/2014 14:28)

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(23/12/2013 15:06)

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