Trial observation report (Cameroon)

We’ve published our trial observation report on the hearing that took place on 27 April 2017 at the Military Tribunal in Yaoundé, in the case of Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, and others.

Summary of the report

We’ve been monitoring the situation in Cameroon following reports of the suppression of public protests and alleged excessive violence used by police forces against lawyers and others at the end of 2016.

The subsequent arrest and detention of lawyers and civil society leaders contributed to our concerns, as expressed in letters we sent to authorities in Cameroon on:

  • 13 February 2017 (on inter alia lack of jurisdiction of military tribunals over civilians)
  • 25 April 2017 (on prolonged pre-trial detention)

In light of these concerns, we organised a trial observation at the hearing that took place on 27 April 2017 in the case of Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, and others, who are being tried on charges that carry the death penalty (including terrorism and secession) before the Military Tribunal of Yaoundé.

The aim of the observation was to impartially assess whether procedural guarantees, established in international and regional human rights law, were being complied with.

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