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Cameroon: Far North Region Bans Burka, Face-Covering Veils

(July 22, 2015) It was reported on July 17, 2015, that Cameroon’s Far North Region instituted a ban on July 15 against women wearing burkas (a covering for the face and the whole body) and veils that cover the face. The ban comes in the aftermath of two suicide bombings, said to have been instigated […]

Cameroon: New Law on Repression of Terrorism Passed

(Dec 18, 2014) Cameroon’s legislature has passed new anti-terrorism legislation that includes the death penalty for citizens who, either as individuals or in a group, carry out, abet, or sponsor terrorism. The legislation will now be considered by President Paul Biya for promulgation into law. (Ngala Killian Chimtom, Cameroon’s Anti-Terrorism Law – Reversal of Human […]

Cameroon; Nigeria: Bakassi Peninsula Transition Completed

(Aug. 23, 2013) On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, Security Council Press Statement on Bakassi Peninsula Developments, SC/11094 AFR/2680 (Aug. 15, 2013).) The peninsula, which is rich […]

Cameroon; United States: Nuclear Security Agreement

(Nov. 18, 2010) On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear and other radioactive materials. Stopping the smuggling of such materials is part of the mission of […]

Cameroon: Legal Aid Law

(Apr. 28, 2009) It was reported on April 21, 2009, that Cameroonian President Paul Biya had enacted a new law on legal aid. This law stipulates the conditions under which legal aid may be provided and establishes commissions with a mandate to examine and process legal aid applications. The law allows individuals who cannot afford […]

Cameroon; Nigeria: Bakkassi Peninsula

(Dec. 2, 2007) The fate of the Bakkassi, a peninsula said to hold ten percent of the world's oil and gas reserves, is once again up in the air after the Nigerian Senate approved a motion on November 22, 2007, making its handover of the region to Cameroon illegal. The handover was part of the […]