Cameroon ― Human Rights Council ― Death Penalty ― Sept. 2012

The Advocates for Human Rights in collaboration with Droits et Paix and La Ligue Camerounaise des Droits Humains submitted a report on Cameroon’s human rights obligations regarding the death penalty to the UN Human Rights Council for its May 2013 Universal Periodic Review of Cameroon.

Despite a de facto moratorium on capital punishment, Cameroon retains the option to carry out executions. The potential resumption of the death penalty poses a serious threat to the human rights of the accused and to prisoners on death row. The threat is exacerbated by Cameroon’s underfunded and disorganized criminal justice system. The submission to the Human Rights Council describes how Cameroon’s death penalty violates international human rights standards and identifies ways to address those violations.