Inhuman and Incommunicado Detention of Nkemtabeh Joseph

CHRDA has received reliable information and evidence regarding the alarming deteriorating health conditions under which Pa Nkemtabeh is detained in Mamfe, a locality in the South West Region (SWR) of Cameroon. The victim whose life is at risk is a sexa/septuagenarian from Essoh-Atah in Lebialem Division in the SWR, purported to have been arrested on 11 January 2017 in Menji by persons under government command, suspected to be the military secret service.

Known as PA Nkemtabeh Joseph, he is accused of being a producer of traditional guns and is under detention for the past 24 months. His body presents signs that he has been subjected to frequent acts of physical torture, affecting him and his health.

CHRDA is struck by the total disregard of the right to life, liberty, security and physical integrity of persons in detention in Cameroons prison facilities.

CHRDA renews the call for Penitentiary Authorities to respect the Cameroon Criminal Procedure Code and Penal Code with respect to detention conditions, prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of convicted persons or persons awaiting trial.

CHRDA requests penitentiary authorities to observe and enforce international conventions duly ratified by Cameroon such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), as well as the Robben Island Guidelines, the Luanda Guidelines on conditions of arrest, police custody and pre-trial detention and the Mandela Rules (Standard Minimum Rules) for the treatment of prisoners.

CHRDA recalls the judicial authorities of their duties to serve justice by authorizing relatives of Pa Nkemtabeh Joseph to visit him, as well as his legal representatives, in the manner and duration provided for by law.

CHRDA decries the deteriorating circumstances under which people arrested in line with the current Anglophone Crisis are detained and treated with inhumanity.

CHRDA demands the government to order an end to the persisting acts of torture committed by agents representing Cameroon’s Penitentiary.

CHRDA urges the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms to independently investigate these facts, publish its findings and add its voice to ours to call on the Penitentiary Authorities to end the torture of persons in detention.

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