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Cameroon – Barrister Christopher Ndong (Anglophone lawyer): “As long as our fellow lawyers and protesters arrested will not be released, we will not resume work”

The lawyer contradicts the Bâtonnier who announces the resumption of work by English lawyers.

The announcement was abundantly relayed by the press. In a statement signed on 9 April 2017, the President of the Bar Association of Cameroon said that

Lawyers from the South-West and North-West regions will resume their activities on 2 May 2017, Effective implementation of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee that were addressed to the Prime Minister and approved by the Head of State, “said Jackson Ngnie Kamga.

A news received without doubt with much relief from the authorities of Yaounde who fear the stalemate of a crisis that has already lasted for nearly six months. Yet some of the anglophone lawyers do not hear it. Asked by local BBC correspondent Richard Onanena, Barrister Christopher Ndong Nveh argued that his colleagues will resume work only if certain conditions are met.

Anglophone lawyers are ready to go back to court. But under certain conditions. First, common law lawyers and anglophones are in Kondengui prison because they are claiming their rights. So let us say that as long as our fellow lawyers and demonstrators are not released, we will not resume work, “said the man of law.

He who is also a militant of the CRM, an opposition party poses another condition.

Recent decisions by the Minister of Justice are salutary. You can not have fun with the intelligence of lawyers. This means that these measures must go through a bill and table in the National Assembly to get a law. In this way, we will see the good faith of the government, “adds Barrister Ndong.

In response to the demands of anglophone lawyers for the current crisis in the northwest and southwest regions, the government announced several measures: the creation of a Common Law section in ENAM (Ecole Normale d’Administration et de Magistrature); The establishment of a Faculty of Juridical and Political Sciences at the University of Buea; The creation of a department of English Law in the Universities of Douala, Ngaoundere, Dschang and Maroua; The creation of an Institute of Judicial Studies for the training of lawyers, notaries and judicial officers; The redeployment of judges taking account of linguistic criteria; The increase in the number of English-speaking magistrates in the Supreme Court. Some anglophone lawyers are asking for more.

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