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Human Rights Council - Death Penalty - Sept. 2012

Date: September 1, 2012
Document: cameroon_hrc_death_penalty_sept_2012.pdf
Country: Cameroon
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Death Penalty , International Advocacy
Mechanism: Universal Periodic Review
Report Type: Stakeholder Report

Stakeholder Report, Sixteenth Session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, United Nations Human Rights Council (22 April - 3 May 2013)

Partners: Droits et Paix, a Cameroon-based member of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and La Ligue Camerounaise des Droits Humains 


This submission addresses Cameroon’s compliance with its human rights obligations with regard to its use of the death penalty. This submission concludes that although the President of Cameroon regularly commutes death sentences to life imprisonment, this process has not been formalized and offers no protection to a large number of prisoners in Cameroon who remain under a sentence of death and who could be executed if Cameroon alters its ad-hoc policy. Cameroon has given no indication that it intends to make its de facto moratorium on the death penalty official and has rejected calls to abolish the death penalty altogether.