Cameroon has ratified the following documents:
  • African (Banjul) Charter on Human and People's Rights
  • Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • International Covenant Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The following documents further define the obligations of Cameroon:
  • Beijing +5: Further Actions and Initiatives to Implement the Beijing Platform for Action
  • Beijing Platform for Action
  • Cairo Programme of Action
  • UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) Declaration of Commitment
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The documents listed above require Cameroon to protect and promote the following rights:

Right to development
Right to education
Right to equal protection of the law
Right to freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment
Right to highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
Right to housing
Right to just and favorable work conditions
Right to liberty and security of the person
Right to life and survival
Right to marry and found a family
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of age
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of disability (i.e. HIV positive)
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of marital status
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of race and ethnicity
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sex and gender
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation
Right to private and family life
Right to receive and impart information
Right to the benefits of scientific progress

Constitutional Protection of Rights

The Constitution of Cameroon can be viewed at http://confinder.richmond.edu/admin/docs/Cameroon.pdf

The Constitution of Cameroon is an important tool for the protection and promotion of human rights.

The Constitution explicitly commits Cameroon to respecting international law and human rights, referring more specifically to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Charter and the African Charter on Human and People?s Rights (preamble).

It enables Cameroon to translate the international agreements into domestic law. It obliges all branches of government to respect and ensure the rights it enunciates.

The Constitution provides for the protection of the following rights, among others. This empowers individuals in making reproductive health decisions, and helps create economic and social conditions conducive to good sexual and reproductive health.

While all rights are listed only in the Constitution?s preamble, all are binding (art. 65).

Right to development
Right to education
Right to the equal protection of the law
Right to a healthy environment
Right to freedom of expression and opinion
Right to freedom of movement
Right to freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment
Right to liberty and security of the person
Right to life
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of race and religious belief
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sex
Right to own property
Right to receive and impart information
Right to work

The Constitution includes other provisions that promote and protect rights relevant for good sexual and reproductive health.

It explicitly provides for equality between men and women, and specifically requires Cameroon to protect women and children.