Cameroon

21 million people
1,210 USD GNI (PPP)
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Not Free
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On May 12, 1997 Michel Thierry Antangana was arrested by Cameroon officials on the grounds of “organized crime” and spent the next 17 years in captivity.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

It is hard to believe that over the course of a year authorities in Cameroon have not conducted a proper investigation into the murder of Eric Lembembe and that there have been no arrests, no court proceedings, and no justice served.

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Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, LGBTI Rights, Rule of Law
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Sub-Saharan Africa
written by
Tyler Roylance
Staff Editor



It was reported last week that Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current chair-in-office of the 53-nation Commonwealth, may not attend the annual Commonwealth Day celebrations in London on March 10. A recent UN human rights report and data from Freedom House’s Freedom in the World survey suggest that he has good reason to avoid the spotlight.

Freedom House is alarmed by the closure of 11 media outlets in Cameroon on September 6. To justify the closings, the National Communications Council accused seven newspapers, three radio stations, and one television station of disrespecting “ethics and professional norms.” The shutdown demonstrates Cameroon’s waning support for free and independent media sources, despite such guarantees laid out in its 1996 Constitution, and Freedom House condemns this clear violation of press freedom.

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Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
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Sub-Saharan Africa

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Freedom House’s program in Cameroon aims to promote broader citizen participation in political processes and presidential and parliamentary elections. Freedom House works to achieve this through support to civil society in their election monitoring, civic education and voter mobilization activities.

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