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Cameroon - OPCAT Situation

Updated 19.07.2013

The Parliament of Cameroon adopted the law on ratification of the OPCAT in 2010. However, the deposit of the instrument of ratification with the UN is still pending, as well as the designation of its NPM.

The body most likely to assume the role of NPM is the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms (NCHRF), which, among other things, has a mandate to visit centers of detention. At the same time, the Committee against Torture noted how in this case some measures should be taken in order to grant independence and efficiency of this body.

Opcat status
OPCAT Signature December 15, 2009
UNCAT Ratification December 19, 1986
NPM Designated

Under Consideration

Population 19 406 100
Area (sq km) 475 442
Number of prisons 67
Prison population 22 181
Quick links

CAT: Concluding Observations (May 2010)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (February 2009)

SRT Visit: Report (May 1999)

ACHPR: Report of Cameroon (December 2005)