Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Periodic Report Under Scrutiny

A workshop to validate the Common Core Document and Cameroon’s 4th report ends today September 15, 2016 in Yaounde.

 

Cameroon’s 4th periodic report to the Commission on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the United Nations is being examined in Yaounde. Participants at the two-day get-together, which started yesterday September 14, 2016, are also expected to endorse the Common Core Document drafted by Cameroon according to harmonised new directives of Human Rights Treaty Bodies.

The Secretary General in the Ministry of Justice, George Gwanmesia, while opening the validation workshop on behalf of the Minister of State, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, stressed the importance of the two-fold meeting, which aims at presenting the situation of human rights promotion in Cameroon. The meeting therefore seeks to update the Common Core Document, which provides general information, notably on demographic, economic, political and legal structures with statistical indicators on issues such as health, housing, education and criminality, amongst others. The Common Core Document constitutes the first part of the report submitted to the United Nations Treaty Bodies.

Stakeholders from the justice department, public administrations and civil society are therefore expected to enrich the 58- page report on economic, social and cultural rights prepared by the Ministry of Justice to be presented by Cameroon on December 2, 2016. The Secretary General in the Ministry of Justice stated that government was conscious of the fundamental rights; reason why it has been placed at the centre of most actions, notably the Growth and Employment Strategy Paper.

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