Friday, December 22, 2006
EU supports the improvement of Justice in Cameroon
The objective of this programme is to support the government of Cameroon in its effort to reform its legal system (implementation of the new Penal Code) and the management of legal institutions. The programme will also help to improve the conditions of detention in the 10 central prisons in the country (feeding, healthcare, etc), reduce abuses of preventive detention, and ensure legal assistance to vulnerable prisoners in view of facilitating their social reintegration. In the presence of Amadou Ali, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, the Minister of Finance, Abah Abah and the Ambassador, Head of the European Commission Delegation in Cameroon, Javier Puyol jointly signed the financing convention of the programme for the Improvement of Conditions of Detention and the Respect of Human Rights – Phase II – 9th EDF (European Development Fund). The first phase of the programme (1.2 million euro) completed this year, was used to help more than 3 000 prisoners in the Douala and Yaounde central prisons. The support by the European Union is a response to the malfunctioning of the Cameroon legal system established by a technical audit of the judicial system. This support falls within the perspective of improving governance in Cameroon.