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Cameroon National Human Rights Commission adopts Action Plan on business and human rights

Cameroon National Human Rights Commission adopts Action Plan on business and human rights

Yaoundé (Mbalmayo), 21 November 2018

The National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms of Cameroon has adopted an action plan on business and human rights following a series of technical support activities organised by the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa. The plan of action was adopted on Wednesday 21 November 2018 during a validation workshop in Mbalmayo, Central region. The workshop gathered 15 participants including programme staff of the National Human Rights Commission, representatives of civil society organisations working on human rights, and business entities that have prior experience in implementing human rights principles in their work. The plan of action comprises three main axes notably Education and Sensitization, Monitoring and Reporting and Support to victims of human rights violations. It will be implemented as a pilot initiative beginning in 2019.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of the promotion and protection division Nonetchoupou Gabriel appreciated the level of collaboration that existed between the UN Centre and the Commission in the elaboration process of the plan of action. He emphasized that if successfully implemented, the plan will provide a good experience for the commission to share at the level of the working group on business and human rights.

It should be noted that the process for the elaboration and adoption of the action plan began with a training workshop on monitoring human rights in the activities of businesses held in Bertoua from 2 to 3 August 2018. A working group was created to further fine-tune the document and submit it to the appreciation of a technical expert group comprised of human rights officers from the Centre and the National human rights commission. This technical group met on 15 November to review the draft that was presented at the afore mentioned validation workshop.

On behalf of the UN Centre for human rights and Democracy in Central Africa, the project focal point Kiven Fonyuy described the plan of action as feasible, stressing that the role of other actors such as concerned business entities, civil society organisations and some technical ministries, will be crucial to its successful implementation.

The adoption of the plan gives way to resource mobilisation activities and partnership meetings in the weeks ahead to create a strong dynamic for implementation. The Centre will continue to provide technical and advisory support to the Commission towards the successful implementation of this action plan