Over 2,500 rights groups released a statement, saying Cameroon can further ‘demonstrate its growing commitment to justice and the rule of law’ by joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The Coalition for the ICC ‘aims to secure universal acceptance of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the world’s first and only permanent international court to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.’
“Respect for the rule of law and the fight against impunity are some of the noble objectives set by the Cameroonian government to be achieved in the very near future,” Roland Abeng, coordinator of Cameroon’s national Coalition for the ICC.
“Ratification of the Rome Statute and domesticating it within our legislation will certainly be a giant step forward. Cameroon cannot afford to miss playing a frontline role in the fight against grievous crimes.”
In a letter to Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya, they urged the government to take concrete steps to finalize its ratification of the statute, including through the submission of legislation to the country’s parliament.
Francis Dako, another officer of the ICC Coalition, also remarked: “There are no legal obstacles to Rome Statute ratification in Cameroon — the issue is now one of political will.’
“Cameroon has recently shown greater commitment to the rule of law in accepting international treaties, and this trend should be taken one step further by becoming one of the next African states to join the ICC.
A little political will would go a long way,” he added.