The rights of prisoners are given minimal attention in African Countries. This neglect is because in most countries, prisoners are considered outcasts in society, and little attention is paid to their welfare. This neglect is compounded by the fact that very little is known about minimum standards for the treatment of persons in prison.
The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa works with other human rights organizations with interests in prisoner’s rights and with prison officials to promote the rights of prisoners in Africa. We do this by promoting legal aid for prisoners and persons in detention, HIV and AIDS awareness in prisons, promoting prisons visiting scheme for next-of-kin, education and training for prisoners and prisons officers, advocacy for prison reform policies and workshops on prison rehabilitation.
5th September 2017 Barrister Agbor Nkongho, Chairman of Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa visited the Kondengui Central Prison, Yaounde and met with all Anglophone detainees including Mancho Bibixy.
Thereafter, he stopped at the Yaounde Central Hospital and visited a colleague (Fako Lawyer) Barrister Abadem Walters who was under detention but hospitalised due to his poor health.
6th September 2017 Barrister Agbor Nkongho paid a courtesy visit to Ayah Paul Abine, a nobleman who spent 8 months detained, returning home with health problems, Barrister Nkongho pledged his solidarity with him and his family during this period.
After obtaining a visiting permit, he went to Kondengui Principale Prison and met with all 10 Anglophone detainees after which he paid another visit to Kondengui Central Prison and met with all 27 Anglophone detainees including Mancho Bibixy. He assured them during his meeting that Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) will not rest until they are all released.
Most importantly, he met with the Defense Counsel and thanked them for the extraordinary job they have been doing as they continue to assist all Anglophone detainees, defending them while demanding for their release.